The Cool House: Pierre Paulin Dies

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Pierre Paulin Dies

Iconic French designer Pierre Paulin died June 13 in Montpellier, France at the age of 81. Although he began his career designing for Thonet-France, he is most famous for his abstract and sculptural fabric covered foam on metal frame furniture that was produced by Dutch firm Artifort in the 1960s:

Ribbon Chair

Mushroom Chair

Little Tulip

Orange Slice

Tongue Chair

In the 1970s and 80s, two French Presidents, Georges Pompidou and Francois Mitterrand, invited him to furnish rooms in the Élysée Palace, and President Nicolas Sarkozy paid tribute to Paulin declaring "he made design into an art form". Last year a retrospective of his work "Pierre Paulin, le design au pouvoir" was held at the at La Manufacture des Gobelins - Le mobilier national in Paris. His designs are in the permanent collections of museums worldwide including MoMA in NY and were used in the futuristic Elrod House setting of the 1971 James Bond film “Diamonds are Forever”.

His last design, the Flower Chair for Magis debuted at the ICFF May 2009.


Nadine @ BDG said...

Thanks for the entry-- I didn't realize his impact on French design.

Charlie said...

That is a great loss. There are only a few designers that have continuously influenced the design world through the decades, and he is definitely one of them.

Patrice said...

He's a great loss. His designs are very good.