Pierre Paulin - Design Forever Pierre Paulin Exhibition

© Artifort

© Artifort

2014.9.2 TUE - 9.26 FRI

12:00 - 20:00 Open daily / Free admission


Pierre Paulin is a legendary French designer who added a new page to the world of design. He hammered out forms no one else had thought of before, instantly created new trends with works such as his “Ribbon Chair” and “Tongue Chair,” and has been highly regarded worldwide. For the past 60 years, our everyday lives have been wrapped in the gentle forms of Paulin’s works, which have merged with and become part of our lifestyles.
This will be the first Pierre Paulin exhibition held in Japan, so CHANEL NEXUS HALL proudly presents a special collaboration, with planning for the exhibition space placed in the hands of the globally active architect Shigeru Ban, lighting designer Akari-Lisa Ishii and curator Eko Sato.
Each of Pierre Paulin’s works can be called a piece of art, and so we offer them to you in a presentation full of his sense of both the plastic and the poetic. It will bring you a special experience involving an “appeal to the senses” quite remote from materialism.


Pierre Paulin

Born in 1927 in Paris, France. From 1954 onwards, he started producing furniture through France’s Thonet company and Holland’s Artifort. In 1965, he introduced the world to the chairs that would define his work: the “Ribbon Chair,” which was praised for its molded and comfortable design, and the “Tongue Chair,” which as its name suggests is reminiscent of a tongue. He was selected as one of the designers for the French pavilion at the 1970 Osaka World Fair, and caused a stir with his tricolor “Amphis” sofa. He has been the recipient of a number of prizes, including the 1987 International Industrial Design Award and England’s Royal Designer for Industry Award in 2009. In 2008, his “Design and Power” exhibition was held at Galerie des Gobelins in Paris, while the “Pierre Paulin Supermoderne” exhibition was held at Belgium’s Grand-Hornu – Musee des Arts Contemporains. Items designed by Pierre Paulin have continued being produced over the past 60 years, with his representative works being icons in the design world and added to museum collections around the world, including the Pompidou Centre in Paris and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Pierre Paulin passed away in 2009.