Merci, Pierre Paulin!
On 13 June the great designer died in the circle of his loved ones at the age of 81
Pierre Paulin was one of the outstanding designers of the 20th century and, together with Verner Panton, he pioneered the design revolution of the 1960s. He died in Montpellier on 13 June, at the age of 81.
Born in Paris in 1927, Pierre Paulin initially studied at the Camondo School of Art. Work by the young designer appeared as early as the 1950s -- reduced chairs and desks that attracted the attention of Thonet France, which included them in its range. Together with Thonet Paulin also developed his first upholstered furniture, the work which would later bring him international fame. For the 'CM 194' armchair, which is today being produced once more by Ligne Roset, he for the first time applied upholstery techniques copied from automobile production, using an elasticated material as upholstery fabric.
In the 1960s he perfected this technique in designs for Artifort and created such sculptural icons as the 'Ribbon' and 'Tongue' armchairs or the 'Mushroom' chair, which became part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
In the last few years of his life Pierre Paulin lived in seclusion at his house in the Cévennes