80s Pierrre Paulin metal and wood round sidetable for Artifort
Pierre Paulin (1927) impressed in the sixties with a contemporary shell armchair during an international furniture show organized by Kho Liang le. Soon after the show, he became freelance designer for Artifort. His designs are distinguished by the striking sculptural design. Paulin won many awards worldwide. His work appears to be timeless and modern and progressive to this day. Not shape for the sake of shape, but applied design.
From the mid-1950s he designed chairs for Thonet and Artifort (1958 – 1970), among others. The motto in all his designs for seating furniture was: “An armchair should protect the sitter.”
Artifort still carries many of his designs from the 1960s and 1970s in the current permanent collection. Paulin’s work can be seen in museums around the world. In addition to furniture, he also designed the interiors of the French presidents Pompidou and Mitterand in the Elysée Palace in Paris. On June 13, 2009, Pierre Paulin passed away in a hospital in Montpellier (France). French President Sarkozy spoke of him as “he who turned design into art”. In November 2009, Paulin was posthumously awarded the British Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) award.
This small round table carried on a trumpet foot was launched in the 1980s influenced by Eero Saarinen’s succes on his tulip tables. This table is lacquered in elephant grey lacquer and in good condition consistent with age and use.