A design that is so clearly Artifort as the Big Mushroom is something that’s dear to our hearts. A classic like that belongs in our collection, which is why it’s back. Once launched as the F562, it’s been re-launched as Big Mushroom. Soft, ample, inviting and supremely comfortable, the Big Mushroom is an eye-catching fauteuil that makes you just want to curl up and enjoy it to the full. Explicit, subtle and organic, this big brother of the Mushroom positively bursts with Artifort DNA.
The Big Mushroom has not come on its own – it’s also brought its little cousin, Mushroom Junior. Especially designed for children, Mushroom Junior is identical to the Mushroom but then smaller. Yet it’s just as comfortable and eye-catching.
All in the family
Get to know the Mushroom family – a real family fauteuil or a fauteuil family:
- Big Mushroom & Mushroom, big and slightly smaller, for a moment to yourself
- Mushroom Junior, for children who want their own place with the big people
- Mushroom Poof, as a pouffe for the Big Mushroom & Mushroom or as an extra seat
All members of the Mushroom family have a steel frame covered with foam, Dacron and a stretchable furnishing fabric.
The Designer - Pierre Paulin
At an international furniture show organised by Kho Liang le, Pierre Paulin (1927) made a considerable impression with a contemporary shell fauteuil. Shortly after the show, he became a freelance designer for Artifort. This marked the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration. What makes his designs so distinctive is their striking sculptural shape, which earned Paulin many prizes worldwide. His work remains timeless and progressive even today. This is not form for form’s sake but applied design. With comfort as the constant starting-point.
Artifort still includes many of Paulin’s designs dating from the nineteen-sixties and seventies in its permanent collection. His work can be admired in museums throughout the world. Apart from furniture, he also designed interiors for the French presidents Pompidou and Mitterrand in the Elysée Palace in Paris. Pierre Paulin died on 13 June 2009 in a hospital in Montpellier (France). The French president Sarkozy honoured him as “the man who made design an art”. In November 2009, Paulin was posthumously awarded the distinction of “Royal Designer for Industry” (RDI).