Recognised as one of the most revolutionary French designers of the 20th century, Pierre Paulin’s innovative furniture designs decisively influenced the way of life in the second half of the 20th Century. Since his sketches began appearing in the world of design in the early 60s, the dynamism of his furniture began to occupy a leading position in the world of pop culture.
Also of note is the fact that the state judiciary hired him in the 70s to decorate the private apartments of President George Pompidou at the Elysee Palace, refurbishing the dining room of Jacques Chirac and refurbishing and designing the office of President Francois Mitterand in 1983.
Now, seven years after his death and thanks to the generous donation made by the designer’s family last year, the Pompidou Centre in Paris presents the largest retrospective centred on his particular working method, an exhibition which includes some of his early original sketches, mock-ups and documents never before exhibited in public, which will close on 22 August.
His work, clearly influenced by his German roots and by the early modernists, was however a replica of the work of George Nelson and the Eameses and a clear example of the enormous social significance of modern design in his era.
Known more perhaps for his innovative designs for Artifort in the early 60s such as the Mushroom chair (1959), the Ribbon chair (1966) and the Tongue chair (1968), the work and design of Paulin is present in numerous museums all over the world and now forms part of the history of international design.
PHOTOS: © Les archives Paulin © Pierre Paulin © Coll. Centre Pompidou, musée national d’art moderne, © Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris-La Défense / G. Meguerditchian, Bertrand Prévost , Bertrand Prévost Don de Strafor, 1996, Jean-Claude Planchet, Isabelle Bideau. www.centrepompidou.fr
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