Pierre Charpin was born in 1962 and graduated from the Beaux–Arts de Bourges in 1984. Since the early 1990s he has devoted himself to designing furniture and objects.
In 1990 his first solo exhibition was held at the GaleriePerkal (Paris) where he presented his research into the possibility of “anthropomorphic” furniture, and a series of silver tableware objects, manufactured in 1988 by Algorythme. In 1993 he developed his Stackable Chair project thanks to a grant from the FIACRE [French Minister of Culture]. In 1995 he was given the Carte blanche of the VIA (Valorisation Innovation dansl’Ameublement).
He designed several seating projects for La Collection tropicale (La Maison du meuble créole, La Réunion) in 1996. That same year he participated in and was responsible for curating the exhibition “Assembled in Ivry” at the CREDAC (Centre d’art contemporaindIvry–sur–Seine). In 1997 he participated in the first Design Biennial in Saint–Étienne, in which he attracted attention with Vroom, his research into the car as an object, resulting from a workshop with students from the Beaux–Arts de Saint–Étienne.
His practice has centered on experimental projects — in particular those conducted with the Centre international de recherchesur le verre et les arts plastiques (CIRVA) from 1998 to 2001, and the Centre de recherchesur les arts du feu et de la terre (CRAFT) between 2003 and 2005 — and in the course of his collaborations with renowned manufacturers such as Alessi, Arita 16/16, Ceramiche Piemme, Design Gallery Milano, Hay, Hermès, Japan Creative, Ligne Roset, la Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres, Post Design, Tayou& co, Tectona, Venini