Pierre Paulin (1927-2009)

Pierre Paulin was one of the most important French designers of the 20th century. The designer is famous and appreciated above all for the numerous chairs and armchairs he designed over the course of his long career. His seats were characterized in particular by the round shapes that embrace the body, thus guaranteeing the maximum comfort, and by the perfect proportions.

Born in Paris, France on July 9, 1927, his early artistic life was marked by experiments in various media and form, such as automobile design, ceramics, and sculpture. He began his design career in earnest following a stint working for the Gascoin Company in Le Havre, where he developed a life-long interest in Japanese and Scandinavian design. Paulin’s work is considered widely influential, and led to major commissions such as the redesign of the Denon Wing of the Louvre Museum and the hall of Tapestries in the Paris City Hall. He died in Montpellier, France on June 13, 2009.