On his work, Pierre Paulin says, “I was aiming to show just how far we could make modernity go,” and his furniture reflects this aim. Well, at least, it reflected this aim in the 1950s and 60s. In 2008, Paulin’s family created the firm called Paulin, Paulin, Paulin, which creates limited editions of the designer’s work that never passed beyond the prototype stage. Now, Galerie Perrotin in Paris has curated a retrospective of the furniture designer that offers austere arrangements of these limited-edition designs.
From the Gallery:
These iconic objects by the most famous French designer of his day heralded the new society being shaped by the massive cultural, economic and technological changes of the early 1960s. Paulin’s furniture fitted the forms of the human body as it freed itself of social constraints. His rigorous research into new materials (elasticated fabrics and polyurethane foam, for example), combined with innovative construction methods placing wellbeing at the heart of the process, authorised all kinds of arrangements and made space malleable. Paulin’s radical artistic stance conjoined formal modularity with sensuous functionalism.
Paulin, Paulin, Paulin
On view October 22—December 19, 2015