Love the mushroom chair? The ribbon chair? You have Pierre Paulin (1927 - 2009) to thank for those innovative seating alternatives. This French designer was renowned for infusing modern, unexpected materials with equally modern, unexpected designs. If you're lucky, the chair you're sitting on to view this Pinterest board might reflect some of Paulin's influence in form and function in contemporary seating.
This is a Paulin sketch of one of his chair designs, long out of production. Paulin drew this at a business dinner during the 2004 International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Please read the full story on the blog post about Paulin's passing (June 2009) at https://semimodern.wordpress.com/tag/pierre-paulin/ .
Pierre Paulin's Mushroom Chair, first created in 1959, continues its popularity today. Even today, the design is seen as futuristic in form yet oh-so comfortable in function. Find Paulin's mushroom chair for sale on sites such as chairish.com and hivemodern.com, up for auction through various high end auctioneers, and on display in decorative art collections around the globe.
Pierre Paulin's Tongue Chair, first created in 1967 and still beloved today, as it's in many museum collections and available for sale through various furniture purveyors such as Hive Modern and 1stDibs // image found via Paulin's Wikipedia page // Tongue chair manufactured by Artifort on a tubular steel frame with stretch fabric-covered latex foam