Design Pierre Paulin, 1963 Foam upholstered tubular steel frame Made in The Netherlands by Artifort
_Paulin: 'This is the best industrially speaking object I’ve ever drawn'
The Mushroom armchair is one of the world’s most famous designs. Designer Pierre Paulin distinguished himself with this armchair in the original shape, bright colours and revolutionary manufacturing technique for the time.
The idea for the Mushroom came to Pierre Paulin while he was watching women, shaped and sheathed in their swimming suits. He wanted the same thing for a seat. The inspiration can be found in the beautiful curves as well as in the seamless one-piece elastic fabric.
In 1958 Paulin began his research on stretch fabric covers and collaborated with Artifort’s development department. The seamless one-piece stretch cover construction method is revolutionizing in the way the seat is designed. Paulin puts back all upholsterers, with their mouths still full of nails ... This new construction method is the start of new esthetics. In fact it changed the way in which the world viewed design in terms of form, materials and textiles. The Mushroom design is the proof!
Today, the seat is part of the permanent collection of MoMa (The Museum of Modern Art in New York). The round shapes and comfortable padding are a perfect match with bright colours for an original and trendy effect.
This iconic armchair was once launched as the F562, and has been re-launched as Mushroom. Soft, ample, inviting and supremely comfortable, the Mushroom is an eye-catching fauteuil that makes you just want to curl up and enjoy it to the full.