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Design Pierre Paulin, 1967
Tubular steel frame, upholstery
Made in Holland by Artifort

"A chair should be more than simply functional. It should be friendly, fun and colorful." -Pierre Paulin

Pierre Paulin designed Le Chat in 1967. Its tense curves seem to leap from a single point. Drawn with a single stroke of the pen. Without hesitation. You can feel the power, the readiness to leap. But it also invites you to sit. It's fully shaped to your body. Dynamic and restful. Now, in 2007, Artifort has re-introduced Le Chat.

Pierre Paulin studied stone carving and clay modeling at the Ecole Camondo in Paris in the early fifties where he began designing furniture for Thonet. In 1958, he became the designer for Artifort where he created a series of sculptural chairs with an inner structure of steel tubing, covered in foam and fabric. In 1968, Paulin collaborated with Le Mobilier National and received many important government commissions including furniture and interiors for the Elysee Palace in Paris. He also designed home appliances.

Pierre Paulin's designs are true works of art. They are challenging. They inspire. But, above all, they are pieces of furniture that you can sit in. They are not form for the sake of form but applied design.

25.6" h | 30.3" w | 35.8" d | seat: 14.2" h