Book The Man & The Work of Pierre Paulin

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Book The Man & The Work of Pierre Paulin

Date: 2014 - Opportunity
Author: Nadine Descend
Designate : Pierre Paulin
Brand: Albin Michel

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The reference work on one of the greatest French designers, celebrated and exhibited all over the world, and whose works are part of our collective imagination.
Pierre Paulin is the figurehead of French design. Language is one of the emblematic forms of the contemporary world. She concentrates all her art. Many of his creations - the Ruban armchair, the Mushroom, the Globe - have changed our environments and the way we inhabit them. But its influence goes beyond design. Concerned about colors, shapes and materials, he has invented and declined new harmonies. Passionate about the technologies and innovations that make them possible, he has never ceased to evolve and amaze with unexpected choices and changes. From the 50s onwards, he inspired countless furniture designers. But his nature reserve and voluntary isolation may explain why such a book had not yet been published on this secret and rare man.
An exceptional iconography, taken from the personal archives of Pierre Paulin, completed with unpublished photographs by Benjamin Chelly.

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Pierre Paulin 1927 - 2009

Pierre Paulin marked the design of the 20th century with his modern spirit and his daring look. It symbolizes the pop and sexy atmosphere of the 1970s.

He drew his influences by studying Scandinavian furniture, the work of the Eames couple, traditional Japan, tents from the Arab world or even Viking houses embedded in the ground.

The furniture he created are characterized by real simplicity, comfort and crazy elegance. The result is sensual pieces with flexible and rounded shapes, as if sculpted in the material.

The Thonet house publishes its first pieces of furniture then the Dutch publisher Artifort where he finalizes his research around a new process of stretch jersey cover which follows the shape of the piece of furniture. No need for nails to fix the fabric, the seat must "put on" a new skin. The washable and interchangeable covers will take advantage of the Pop art period to be adorned with a thousand colors.

Its iconic chairs molded in jersey are a resounding success: Mushroom armchairs (1963), Ruban (1966), Tongue Chair (1967), Amphis sofa (1969) from the Elysée, most of which are exhibited at MoMa in New York as well as 'at the Center Pompidou.

For thirty years, Pierre Paulin received orders from the Elysée: for the official apartment (George Pompidou) and for the President's office (François Mittérand). Unique pieces of furniture produced under the aegis of Mobilier national within the research and creation workshop (ARC).

This jack-of-all-trades artist who was destined to become a sculptor before a hand injury, will have invested in broad creative fields: from artisanal furniture, to total design, including interior fittings (including airbus planes). He does not forget industrial design and works as artistic director for Calor - Tefal from 1984 to 1990, where even the smallest household accessory will be sublimated there.

"I am in the service of the public, I have never done anything to shock. I like things well done and, I have to like them."

Celebrated in France around the 2000s, he was more applauded during his lifetime by his American and Scandinavian peers from the 1960s.

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