Pierre Paulin furniture design classics

We're surrounded by Mushrooms, Tulips and Butterflies. We're not in the forest but in modern furniture design heaven with the latest Artifort promotion. Fancy your very own piece of New York-style at home? You can add a bit of Netherlands and France to that list too. The Mushroom Modern Armchair by world famous French designer Pierre Paulin is a sculptural classic of the 1960's, made in the Netherlands and is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. If it’s good enough for MOMA...

'A chair should be more that simply functional – it should be friendly, fun and colourful,' believed Pierre Paulin, an idea illustrated in his darling Tulip designs. 'The Tulip spreads its simple, half-open petals around the sitter, inviting and warming at the same time,' he continues. It's exciting to see how the furnishing fabric can change the style of the chair – choose a punchy Kvadrat Davina fabric (as above) if you want to soften the look, or go for Bute fabric to add some cutting-edge monochrome magic to your scheme.

The timeless 1964 classic Butterfly chair by Pierre Paulin is also one to covet. It's upholstered in black or natural saddle leather with a brushed stainless-steel frame. This unmistakable piece has been shown in the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, as well as the Museum of Modern Art New York.


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Emily Peck, Editor

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