The king of jersey, Pierre Paulin was born in Paris 1927. He grew up in Laon in the Aisne department where he discovers a passion for family creations, along with his uncles, a sculptor and car designer respectively. A student at the Camondo School in 1951, he became the student of Maxime Old then entering the firm of Marcel Gascoin. Influenced by Alvar Aalto’s Scandinavian furniture, but also by the modernism of Charles and Ray Eames and Florence Knoll, Pierre Paulin is noticed at the Salon des Arts ménagers in 1953. He works with Thonet France which manufactures his first furniture in 1954.
In 1958, Pierre Paulin joins the Maison Artifort in Maastricht. There, he develops a range of round-shaped seats and bright colors, that will bring him success. Designed in a molded wooden shell covered in foam and covered in extensible fabric called jersey, some have become icons such as the Ribbon chair, the Tongue chair or the Mushroom armchair (also see the Oyster armchair, the Bulb sofa or the ABCD sofa).
In the 1970’s, Pierre Paulin helped bring modernity into the Elysee presidential palace by arranging the private apartments of President Pompidou. He then created the official furniture for President Mitterand in 1984 before renovating Jacques Chirac’s dining room. In parallel, he co-founded the ADSA agency in 1975 to launch industrial projects (Calor/Tefal, Citroën, Airbus, la SNCF, etc.). Pierre Paulin is awarded the national prize of Industrial Creation in 1987 and his furniture is exposed in the greatest museums in the world including the MoMA in New York or the Georges Pompidou Center. The designer died in Montpellier in 2009.
Vintage armchair in black metal and blue fabric seat, an iconic piece of the 50s.
Set of CM190 law chairs by Pierre Paulin edited by Thonet, covered with grey fabric.
Rare model CM190 low chair/footrest set by French designer Pierre Paulin
Armchair designed by the famous French designer Pierre Paulin in 1950. Black metal structure, dark grey wool fabric. Foam and fabric remplaced by our upholsterer.
Set of two low chairs produced in 1950 designed by the iconic Pierre paulin. Black metal structure and greige velvet fabric. Foam and fabric remplaced by our upholsterer.
Canapé Bulb Bulb produit dans les années 70 dessiné par le célèbre designer Pierre Paulin. Entièrement d'origine.
Set of 6 chairs model CM196 in pastel blue fabric by Pierre Paulin for Thonet in 1950.
Chair model CM196 in black and white fabric of Pierre Paulin, edition Thonet 1950.
Natural linen fabric for this set of two low chairs CM 190 signed Pierre Paulin for Thonet in the 50s.
Vintage chairs from the 50s, minimalist lines signed Pierre Paulin.
Small model desk of the famous French designer Pierre Paulin
Pair of low chairs model CM 190 by Pierre Paulin edited by Thonet in the 50s, very chic black and white fabric.
Set of 2 law chairs model CM190 in blue velvet by Pierre Paulin edition Thonet 1950.
Armchair model CM197 in yellow velvet by Pierre Paulin edition Thonet 1950.
Set of 2 chairs model CM196 in blue velvet by Pierre Paulin edition Thonet 1950.