Pierre Paulin was one of the most important furniture and interior designers of the 20th centrury. Paulin’s work was clearly influenced by his German roots as well as the work of early modernists, but he was even more impacted by the work of George Nelson and Charles Eames and the significance of the social component of modern design.
He is perhaps best known for his innovative designs for Artifort of the 1960s – the famed Mushroom chair (1959), the Ribbon chair (1966) and the Tongue chair (1968) – but Paulin was also highly influential and involved in French design through the 1970s as well. Most notably, Paulin was invited by the Mobilier National in 1970 to decorate the private apartments of George Pompidou in the Palais de l’Elysée, and to furnish the office of Francois Mitterrand in 1983.
Today, Paulin’s designs are found in the collections of major museums across the world such as MoMA in New York, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. In February 2008, the Galerie des Gobelins in Paris exhibited Paulin’s works from the permanent collection of Mobilier National as well as a selection of other signature pieces produced throughout his career.
A retrospective of Pierre Paulin is organized at Centre Pompidou in Paris until August 22, 2016.