flower chair

flower chair

Design Pierre Paulin, 2009
Polycarbonate, fabric
Made in Italy by Magis

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

In 2001, towards the end of his 60-year-long career, Pierre Paulin started a fruitful collaboration with Magis. This collaboration led to the design of the Flower. An elegant low chair made of polycarbonate, Flower portrays Paulin's innovative style, evocative imagery and modern aesthetic.

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.

Flower is offered with a transparent shell in either smoke grey or light brown and a seat cushion upholstered in your choice of fabric or leather.

30.7" h | 31.9" w | 25.2" d | seat: 17.5" h

$1,250.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(usually ships in 12-14 weeks. SMOKE GREY FRAME WITH WHITE, FUCHSIA, RED, DARK RED & PURPLE FABRIC CUSHIONS ARE ON PRODUCTION HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)

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 Magis company was founded in 1976 and had their first success in 1984 with “Step,” a ladder that was influential and crossed over into the designer furniture market from the hardware stores. They had two more huge successes in 1994 with Jasper Morrison’s “Bottle” and the “Lyra” stool from the Italia Group, their bestseller. Two years later, the “Bombo” stool designed by Stefano Giovannoni would gain enormous success and cultivate an imitable style. Once the company gained momentum, they never slowed and would go on to produce Jasper Morrison’s technologically advanced “Air-Chair,” Michael Young’s “Dog House,” Konstantin Grcic’s “Chair One,” the “Me Too” line of children’s objects and furniture, and the “Striped” family from the Bouroullec brothers.
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