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Pierre Paulin 442/3 Sofa for Artifort, 1962 in Sophisticated De Ploeg Upholstery



This extremely comfortable model 442/3 seats sofa from Dutch manufacturer Artifort is a design from French Designer Pierre Paulin (1927-2009) who currently has a major exhibition on his work running in the Centre Pompidou Paris. The sofa consists of four chromed steel bars (legs) along the front and back of the sofa giving it a chique and distinctive modern look. We found this piece in its original red velvet upholstery that unfortunately had to much wear, we custom restored the complete sofa to its original perfection. We reupholstered this sofa in a De Ploeg striped fabric ranging in colors from mustard yellow to brownish and grey stripes. The result is this stunning looking sofa with a high quality Artifort manufactured origin.


  • Creator
    Artifort (Manufacturer),Pierre Paulin (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27.17 in. (69 cm)Width: 81.5 in. (207 cm)Depth: 30.32 in. (77 cm)Seat Height: 14.97 in. (38 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Totally restored and with new De Ploeg upholstery, the steel has minor chrome loss and wear consistent with age and use but authenticates the fact this is an original vintage piece.
  • Seller Location
    bergen op zoom, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU93015007073

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About the Designer

Pierre Paulin

Pierre Paulin introduced a fresh breeze into French furniture design in the 1960s and ’70s, fostering a sleek new space-age aesthetic. Along with Olivier Mourgue, Paulin developed furnishings with flowing lines and almost surreal naturalistic forms. And his work became such a byword for chic, forward-looking design and emerging technologies that two French presidents commissioned him to create environments in the Élysée Palace in Paris.Paulin was born in Paris to a family of artists and designers. He initially sought to become a ceramist and sculptor and was studying in the town of Vallauris near the Côte d'Azur — a center for pottery making, where Pablo Picasso spent his postwar summers crafting ceramics — but broke his hand in a fight. He enrolled at the École Camondo, the Paris interior design school. There, Paulin was strongly influenced by the work of Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Arne Jacobsen, as was reflected in his early creations for the manufacturer Thonet-France. It was at the Dutch firm Artifort, which he joined in 1958, where Paulin blossomed. In a few years, he produced several of his signature designs based on abstract organic shapes. These include the Butterfly chair (1963), which features a tubular steel frame and slung leather, and a group of striking seating pieces made with steel frames covered in polyurethane foam and tight jersey fabric: the Mushroom (1960), Ribbon (1966) and Tongue (1967) chairs.In 1971, the Mobilier National — a department of France’s Ministry of Culture in charge of furnishing top-tier government offices and embassies — commissioned Paulin to redesign President Georges Pompidou’s private apartment in the Élysée Palace. In three years, Paulin transformed the staid rooms into futuristic environments with curved, fabric-clad walls and furnishings such as bookcases made from an arrangement of smoked-glass U shapes, flower-like pedestal chairs and pumpkin-esque loungers. Ten years later, the Mobilier National called on Paulin again, this time to furnish the private office of President François Mitterand. Paulin responded with an angular, postmodern take on neoclassical furniture, pieces that looked surprisingly at home in the paneled, Savonnerie-carpeted Louis XVI rooms. As those two Élysée Palace projects show, Paulin furniture works well both in a total decor or when used as a counterpoint to traditional pieces. You will see on 1stDibs that Pierre Paulin’s creations have a unique personality: bright and playful yet sophisticated and suave. 
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Located in bergen op zoom, Netherlands
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