Pierre Paulin

Life and Work


A comprehensive study of the life and work of Pierre Paulin, the iconic post-war French designer of furniture, objects, residential and commercial interiors, sumptuously illustrated with over 300 photographs and drawings.


ISBN: 9780865653351 Category:

Nadine Descendre


Playfully rejecting the orderly restraint of mid-century design, the French avant-garde designer Pierre Paulin (1927-2009) imagined sleek departure lounges for the jet set, perfume bottles for Courrèges, and unforgettable Pop-era pieces like the Orange Slice chair, the shell-shaped Oyster chair and the Tongue, a wavy, low- slung chaise longue. Paulin’s signature innovation was to clothe his pieces in colourful stretch fabrics, softening them and concealing their inner steel and wood. A modernist, traditionalist and perfectionist, he took equal care designing everyday objects such as fans, razors and fondue pots as he did outfitting the private elysée quarters of French presidents Pompidou and Mitterand. Ever passionate about the new technologies and inventions that made modernity possible, and deeply sensitive to contemporary colours, shapes and materials, he never ceased to astonish with unexpected and dazzling leaps of imagination. From the 1950s onwards, Paulin – A solitary figure of great natural reserve – has inspired generations of designers. This book is the first definitive account of his life and work.

Additional information

Weight 1834 g
Dimensions 26.3 x 28 cm
Publisher name Scriptum Editions
Publication date 1 November 2016
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Dimensions 26.3 x 28 cm
Weight 1834 g


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Nadine Descendre enjoys an international reputation as a journalist, art critic, documentary film maker, and curator. Mme Descendre has held several high level posts within the Ministry of Culture, is a former director of Ecole des Beaux-Arts(Nîmes), and has taught at Columbia University and lectured at MoMA. Currently, Nadine Descendre is the Director of l'Agence Interculturelle Européenne (A.I.E.).