Pierre Paulin inspired me throughout design school as well as my previous "Crazy Chairs" post. As a designer, the biggest thrill is to see the look on your client's face when you unveil their new home. To open their eyes to the art you've created is an unexplainable feeling. Imagine if you did that to the whole world of design. That's what Pierre Paulin did. Born in Paris, it's hard to imagine where he got his inspiration from. French design is all about the traditional heavily gilded chairs and furniture that is super ornate. But Pierre was inspired by the simplicity of Japanese drawings and American Designers Charles and Ray Eames. So with that, he shook up the traditional french design world and brought it into the future. His designs are ultra sleek, sophisticated but no doubt ultra fun and unique. So unique, he was asked was chosen by two former French presidents to furnish the presidential palace.
Pierre Paulin died in Montpellier, France on Saturday, June 13th at the age of 81. Although I am sadden to hear of his passing, his legend lives on in many museums in New York, Paris, and London.
View some of Paulin's designs:
As someone who has an interior design background and a love for all things fashion, I thought, "why do I have to pick one or the other? Why not do both?" So I bring to you "Style With Design", a series where I take an outfit, replicate that look and translate that look into interior design. You will see how expressing yourself can go beyond just the clothes you wear by mirroring in your home environment.
Let's start off with Lady Gaga. I know I talk about her a lot, but how could I not? She gives me so much to say! She's just so over the top and always proves she's a performer and she loves what she does. Until MTV cribs unleashes an episode with the Lady herself, we can only imagine what her house would look like. I will take one look of hers and translate it into a design everyone can replicate and live with. Observe!
Here she's wearing an animal print top that is gold and black, most likely with a black body suit underneath from her "Just Dance" video. The blue lightening bolt on her face adds color, and her thick platinum blond hair and bangs demands presence. Classic Gaga. Replicate this look:
- Georgette top
- Booty Short
- Feather Earrings
- Nine West Aleksander Platform
Where to buy:
The Living Room
Inspired by this look, I put a room together based on this outfit. It's classic with a modern and retro twist. I chose to go with neutral colors with small punches of blue. All of the elements of texture and pattern keeps your guest discovering little details that contribute to the 'wow' factor. According to this outfit, this is where I imagine Lady Gaga to entertain her fabulous friends.
- Tamara Peacock Pillow
- Blissliving Home Lisa Pearl Blondie Four Faces Pillow
- "Luna" Chandelier
- Leather Recamier
- Arktura Coral Coffee Table
- Silk Dupioni Window Panel
- Cast Iron Flourish Textured Black Window
- Floral Panel
- Artecnica Come Rain Come Shine Chandelier
- "Blanco Hairhide" Rug
- Seascape Lighting Penelope Aqua Blue
- "Zebra" Box
Where to buy:
I am tapping back into my roots of interior design and bringing you the 10 craziest, weirdest and most unique chairs I've stumbled upon.
Hey guys, just wanted you to know there's a huge sale at Pier 1 Imports. If you're looking to use your tax refund towards furniture and other things for your home, they have great stuff! There's lots of fantastic finds at 75% off! Visit their store or log onto the Pier 1 website to browse all the goodies!