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Pierre Paulin

Coupe Aux Nénuphars

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“This is Pierre Paulin’s very own copy of the very rare ‘water lily’ bowl, designed for Meubles TV. !
It consists of a portion of a sphere placed on a tubular tripod. At the time, aluminum was a very new material and only light fitting maker Pierre Disderot was able to shape a piece of this size. The form is very simple and elegantly- proportioned. In fact, it’s so perfect that its shape seems to hail from the modernist stable of the 1920s or 30s, or even from classical antiquity! It’s an excellent illustration of the visual and structural simplicity that was very fashionable in experimental designs at this time.
Its use is not explicitly made clear. It provides a place to tidy away and store items in the living room, for example fruit or knitting materials. It could also just be a decorative bowl or vase. In any case, today it is not being put to these particular practical uses. Whether Paulin dreamed it up entirely by himself or if he drew inspiration from something he had seen in Scandinavia or the United States is not clear. Its proportions are more reminiscent of the large interiors of a Richard Neutra house than the confined spaces of new- build French apartments of the 1950s. !
At the time, interior designers did not create what we might call ‘objects’. They designed furniture for the home. I know of no vase, bowl, ash-tray, ornament or blotter designed by any of Paulin’s peers; Motte, Richard, Guariche, Mortier, Monpoix etc.
This bowl boasts the same beauty and unity
of form characteristic of Paulin’s work. It has been created as a united whole in three dimensions. ”

Style: French Mid-Century.

Pierre Paulin


Pierre Paulin (born July 1927, Paris–died June 2009, Montpellier) was a French interior and furniture designer. After failing in his studies at the Baccalauréat, Pierre trained as a ceramist in the city of Vallauris, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, and then as a stone carver in Burgundy, but he injured his right arm in a fight and was forced to end his career as a sculptor, and decided to attended the École Camondo in Paris afterward. Because of his relationship with the Gascoin company, he became familiar and interested in Scandinavian and Japanese design, a fact that would influence his works later in his career. Pierre Paulin had his debut exhibition at the Salon Des Arts Ménagers in 1953, and he appeared on the cover of the French magazine La Maison Française. A year later, he got hired by the Thonet Company and began experimenting by including stretch swimwear fabrics over otherwise traditionally made chairs. About four years later, Paulin joined the Dutch furniture manufacturer Artifort. While at Artifort, he became a prominent designer thanks to the immediate success and popularity of the Mushroom chair, which he designed in 1960. Much later on, in 2008, while working for Artifort, Paulin said, “It represents the first full expression of my abilities. I considered the manufacture of chairs to be rather primitive and I was trying to think up new processes.” During his career, Paulin worked with foams and rubbers from Italy, which he would stretch around a light metallic frame. The combination of these materials made his chair designs rounder, and look comfortable and inviting. In 1971, he redecorated the living, dining, smoking, and exhibition rooms of the Elysée’s private apartments for Pompidou. In 1979, he launched his own consultancy and worked for Calor, Ericsson, Renault, Saviem, Tefal, Thomson, and Airbus. In 1983, he furnished the office of François Mitterrand. In 1994, Pierre Paulin retired to the Cévennes in southern France but continued designing furniture. He died on the 13th of June, 2009, in a hospital in Montpellier, France.

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    Fabric, Lacquer, Metal, Wood

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    70.0 x 49.0 x 70.0 cm (27.6 x 19.3 x 27.6 in)

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