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French furniture and interior design legend Pierre Paulin's pieces are instantly recognisable for their colourful and sculptural lines. With playful names such as Orange Slice, Tongue or Mushroom, his chairs revolutionised the way we relax at home, and the introduction of low-level seating such as the Pacha Lounge Chair proved instrumental to the development of late 20th-century design.
Born in Paris in 1927, Paulin discovered a passion for design alongside his sculptor and automotive pioneer great-uncle, Georges Paulin. He started his career at the École Camondo and achieved success in 1954 with the launch of his first furniture collection, followed by collaborations with distinguished furniture houses Artifort and Thonet. In 1975, Paulin established the ADSA design agency with his wife, Maia Wodzislawska.
Paulin’s avant-garde designs were revolutionary at their unveiling and are coveted to this day. Characterized by their unique, expressive shapes, the infamous pieces can be found at respected institutions the world over. The Tongue Chair is now on display at New York’s MoMA, the former French president Georges Pompidou’s private collection held the Pumpkin Armchair while the Butterfly Armchair sits at Melbourne's National Gallery of Victoria.
Pacha Lounge Chair
Designed in 1975 by Pierre Paulin for GUBI, the Pacha Lounge Chair combines sublime comfort with creative expression.
With the 1970s being a decade of spirited new approaches to design, Paulin designed Pacha without the constraints of legs, thereby attesting the comfort and cosiness of low-level living.
Pacha’s elegant, rounded form sits on either a swivel or static base and is the result of foam padding, finely stitched lines and a selection of multiple inviting fabrics, from Pierre Frey's Malou to Kvadrat's Reflex.
Products by Pierre Paulin