Paulin, Pierre

Pierre Paulin was born in 1927 and graduated from Camondo School. He joined Marcel Gascoin’s workshop in 1953, then travels with his brother to Scandinavia, searching for user-friendly design. He created his most iconic pieces like the “Mushroom” armchair with a Dutch company called Artifort between 1960 and 1970. Rooted in reality and everyday life, Pierre Paulin produced cheap furniture; he designed plastic outdoor furniture, bathroom pieces for Allibert, irons and razors for Calor. He often collaborated with public authorities, for example the “Maison de la Radio” in 1961, the Elysée Palace in 1971, or the Paris City Hall in 1985. He invented the suspended boxes for his office to make it look lighter. Simplicity was the prime principle for Paulin. He used that same idea of simplicity to encode his production with numbers and letters. The period pieces are increasingly difficult to find, but some pieces are reissued by Artifort or by his son’s company called Paulin Paulin Paulin.