The 1960’s was known for breaking away from traditional societal norms. Pop-art, the spacerace, hippies, free love and experimentation were new additions to everyone’s vocabulary. It is not at all surprising to see these philosophies reflected in the design of the time.
The Tongue chair was designed in 1967 by French designer Pierre Paulin. He was inspired by the experimental culture of society, and sought to make furniture that spoke to the younger generation. “I had tried to appeal to the lifestyle of young people. They were into low-level living.”
Paulin was also inspired by the new materials that were available. The Tongue chair has been made with a steel frame covered in latex foam and stretch fabric to create an organic shape.
Also known as Model 577, the iconic seat proved to be an important part of design history, and is part of MoMA’s permanent display. Available from Artifort.