It’s very unlikely that you go to a museum and be asked to sit, right? Well, one of the latest Paris events shows otherwise. Being the exposition all about chairs – and are they comfy! – it’s almost impossible not to experience the two or three seconds of comfort these contemporary furniture pieces allow you to feel. Do you want to see for yourself? All you have to do is visit Centre Pompidou and see the more than 100 Pierre Paulin pieces!
The exhibition dedicated to Pierre Paulin shows why ‘Mushroom’, ‘Orange Slice’, ‘Tongue’ and ‘Ribbon’ chairs have become part of the contemporary furniture canon.
The Centre Pompidou’s first retrospective of the late French designer (who died in 2009) presents a collection of playful sketches donated by his family last year, maquettes of an unrealised residential concept for Herman Miller and singular models such as the ‘Déclive’ that were never put into large-scale production.
While you, as any other visitor, may not be able to test the five-legged, rattan swivel chair Paulin conceived for François Mitterrand, you will observe how he constantly challenged himself to reinterpret his own self-contained architectures without over-intellectualising the concepts. The ‘Tongue’ seat, for instance, cleverly gave way to the ‘Face-à-Face’ and ‘Dos-à-Dos’.
The show flows easily and without pretension, chronologically displaying Paulin’s contributions for Thonet, Disderot and Artifort. If you’re a fan od product design or if you’re looking for inspiration on selecting the right furniture for your interiors, this is a magnificent event in Paris that you can’t miss.
Address: Place Georges-Pompidou 75004, Paris