Pierre Paulin

Pierre Paulin

Life and Work

Book - 2016
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Playfully rejecting the orderly restraint of midcentury design, the French avant-garde designer and architect Pierre Paulin (1927-2009) imagined sleek departure lounges for the jet set, perfume bottles for Courr#65533;ges, and unforgettable Pop-era pieces like the Orange Slice chair, the shell-shaped Oyster chair, and the Tongue, a wavy, low-slung chaise. Paulin's signature innovation was to wrap his pieces in colorful stretch jersey, softening them and concealing their inner steel and wood. In their casual, kinetic sprawl, his chairs not only offered an invitation to relax and lounge; they also took the temperature of Paris in the late 1960s. Fascinated by the possibilities of new materials, Paulin was both a modernist and a traditionalist, a designer who took equal care designing ordinary objects such as fans, razors, and fondue pots as he did outfitting the private quarters of French presidents Pompidou and Mitterand. This vibrantly illustrated book draws from previously unpublished archives a wealth of vivid drawings, models, and photographs to reveal the restless energy of this midcentury icon, whose works are finding new popularity today.
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : Vendome Scriptum, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780865653351
0865653356
Branch Call Number: NK2550.P38 A4 2016x
Characteristics: 239 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm

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