French Designer Pierre Paulin Dies
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: