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Pierre Paulin's Iconic Chairs

January 13, 2016

Pierre Paulin is one of the many Frenchmen who have pioneered modern design furniture.  Born in Paris in 1927, Paulin's family already had a penchant for design.  Automobile designer Georges Paulin was Pierre's uncle, responsible for his innovative mechanical retractable hardtop.

Pierre Paulin began working as a ceramist and then moved on to stone carving after he was unsuccessful in passing his Baccalaureat, the French academic qualification taken by high school students.  He then moved on to training as a sculptor, but a right arm injury crushed his dreams.  After enrolling at product design and interior architecture school École Camondo, Paulin would develop an interest in Japanese and Scandinavian design, a major influence in the works he would eventually produce.

It was in the 1950s when Paulin's career would quickly begin to take off after he exhibited his work at the Salon des arts ménagers, an annual exhibition of home and furniture design.  He would go on to be featured on the cover of magazine covers and would eventually end up working with Dutch manufacturers Artifort, where he debuted his famous Mushroom Chair in 1960.  Paulin's work would always focus on comfort as a starting point when designing his chairs instead of form, and today comfortable shapes are still a primary influence in modern chairs.

CA Modern Home offers an extensive selection of modern home furniture by respected brands and designers like Pierre Paulin and we have the innovative Mushroom Chair available for purchase.  Call us at 1-800-605-1859 for any sales inquiries or more information.

Jesse Brody
Jesse Brody


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