Pierre Paulin dies aged 81

June 18, 2009

Designer of the famous ‘Tulip Chair’ dies at his Montpellier home in south-east France.

French Designer, Pierre Paulin, creator of the famed tulip chair has passed away at the age of 81.

A well-known figure in the world of French design for over half a century, Paulin created an array of thoroughly original seats such as the Ribbon chair (1966), Orange Slice, Tongue, Little Tulip and Mushroom, all in vivid colours.

Much of Paulin’s work now rests in New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Decorative Art in Paris and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

A favourite of two former French Presidents, Paulin’s chairs furnished the presidential palace, while his chairs, sofas, tables bookcases and desks still decorate the Elysee palace in France.

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