Pierre Paulin (9 July 1927 – 13 June 2009)
Pierre Paulin was a French furniture designer and interior designer. After failing his Baccalauréat, Pierre trained to become a ceramist in Vallaurius on the French Rivera and then as a stone-carver in Burgundy. Soon after, he injured his right arm in a fight, ending his dreams as a sculptor but would still attend the Ecole Camondo in Paris. He had a stint with the Gascoin company in Le Havre where he gained an interest in Scandinavian and Japanese design. However, it was when Paulin commenced work with Dutch company Artifort in the 1960s that he gained fame for his innovative sculptural furniture work.
At the time, his chair designs were considered very modern and unique. He once said of his design approach “A chair should be more than simply functional. It should be friendly, fun and colorful.” Even today, his pieces are still being made and are sought after at auctions.