Pair of Pierre Paulin “Mushroom” Lounge Chairs for Artifort, circa 1960, France


Pair of Pierre Paulin “Mushroom” Lounge Chairs for Artifort, Netherlands Grey velvet mushroom lounge chairs. Circa 1960, France Very Good Vintage Condition. Pierre Paulin (9 July 1927 – 13 June 2009) was a French furniture designer and interior designer. His uncle Georges Paulin was a part-time automobile designer and invented the mechanical retractible hardtop, who was later executed by the Nazis in 1941 as a hero of the French Resistance. After failing his Baccalauréat, Pierre trained to become a ceramist in Vallaurius on the French Rivera and then as a stone-carver in Burgundy. Soon after, he injured his right arm in a fight, ending his dreams as a sculptor but attend the Ecole Camondo in Paris. He had a stint with the Gascoin company in Le Havre where he gained an interest in Scandinavian and Japanese design. He was famed for his innovative work with Artifort in the 1960s and interior design in the 1970s. Designer Pierre Paulin distinguished himself with this armchair in the original shape, bright colours and revolutionary manufacturing technique for the time. The idea for the Mushroom came to Pierre Paulin while he was watching women, shaped and sheathed in their swimming suits. He wanted the same thing for a seat. The inspiration can be found in the beautiful curves as well as in the seamless one-piece elastic fabric.


H 26 in. x W 33 in. x D 30 in.H 66.04 cm x W 83.82 cm x D 76.2 cm


15 in. (38.1 cm)

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