f 444 lounge chair

f 444 lounge chair

Design Pierre Paulin, 1967
Polished stainless steel frame, saddle-leather
Made in Holland by Artifort

"A chair should be more than simply functional. It should be friendly, fun and colorful." -Pierre Paulin

With pleasure, Artifort is now presenting Paulin's design icon, the F 444. This now-famous design dates from 1963 and is once more in production. One of the most representative pieces of furniture from the innovative nineteen-sixties has made its return. This unique armchair - still a collector's item today - will once again acquire a place in the heart, and the home, of those who appreciate fine design.

Pierre Paulin studied stone carving and clay modeling at the Ecole Camondo in Paris in the early fifties where he began designing furniture for Thonet. In 1958, he became the designer for Artifort where he created a series of sculptural chairs with an inner structure of steel tubing, covered in foam and fabric. In 1968, Paulin collaborated with Le Mobilier National and received many important government commissions including furniture and interiors for the Elysee Palace in Paris. He also designed home appliances.

The F 444 has a chrome base with a black connecting piece. It is upholstered exclusively in saddle leather in your choice of black, white or natural.

38.2" h | 32.3" w | 28.7" d

$4,976.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(please allow 8-12 weeks for this special chair to be created and shipped to your location)

Pierre Paulin

Born in Paris and grew up in Laon, Pierre Paulin (b. 1927) acquired a passion for creating from his great uncle, sculptor Freddy Stoll and another uncle, car designer George Paulin. This experience led to studying stone carving and clay modeling at the Ecole Camondo in Paris in the early fifties, where he began designing furniture for Thonet with concern for simplicity and use of sensuous curves. In 1958, he became the designer for Artifort, where he created a series of sculptural chairs with an inner structure of steel tubing, covered in foam and fabric. 1968 to 1972 proved to be significant years for Paulin, from collaborations with Le Mobilier National to many important government commissions, including furniture and interiors for President Pomidou at the Elysee Palace in Paris, and assisting development of the Louvre’s Denon wing. He also designed home appliances.
The foundations of Artifort were laid by Jules Wagemans. In 1890, he set up business as an upholsterer in Maastricht. His son, Henricus Wagemans, expanded the company into a furniture factory, which had a showroom in Amsterdam by the end of the 1930’s and was already well known nationally. The economic recession of the nineteen thirties forced H. Wagemans & Van Tuinen, as the furniture company was then known, to create a distinctive profile. The emphasis came to lie on functionality, comfort, and quality combined with aesthetically pleasing design and an innovative use of materials. The new brand name became Artifort, derived from the Latin word 'ars' meaning “art or knowledge”, and 'fortis' meaning “strong or powerful.”
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