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  • Provenance

    Sotheby’s, New York, Important Twentieth Century Design, December 12, 2003, Lot 699

  • Literature

    Élisabeth Vedrenne and Anne-Marie Fèvre, Pierre Paulin, Paris, 2001, p. 36 and fig. 13
    Barry Bergdoll, Pierre Paulin: Designer, exh. cat., Paris, 2008, pp. 49, 214-215

  • Catalogue Essay

    Important player in the history of furniture in the second half of XXesiècle, Perrigault Pierre, born 1931, graduate of the Ecole Boulle, Paris opens at the company Furniture and function in 1959. Gallery owner, publisher, it is one of the first to promote industrial design in the contemporary furniture. Furniture showroom and function is a pioneer in the introduction in France of major designers like Verner Panton and defender of French talent in their early days. Thus, the greatest names of French from 1950 to 1980 in the field of furniture are displayed and sold, or published, for furniture and Function, Louis Pierre Paulin Sognot through Fermigier and Etienne Olivier Mourgue. Perrigault Pierre, who has always defended what seemed essential in creating international working sustainably with major European furniture industry as Artifort, Tecno and Fritz Hansen. He was instrumental in disseminating an innovative industrial furniture, demanding quality that recalls the gift of 21 pieces.

    The gift of Peter Perigault is representative of its choice of artists he helped to publicize. This is already older than Peter parts Perrigault had retained its activity as a witness in the world of publishing and distribution. Among the works donated to the French we note a rattan chair of Louis Sognot a seat Little Tulip "545" by Pierre Paulin, a trolley Fermigier Etienne, Olivier Mourgue trestles and foreigners chair St Catherine Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton three furniture which chair in the series 1,2,3 System 8820 and the table, the chair Quarta by Mario Botta and the chair of Jansky Borek Sipek. The variety of artists presented is typical of the spirit of openness and discovery that Peter has always applied Perrigault to defend.

    A former student of the school Camondo, Pierre Paulin joined in the early 1950's studio Marcel Gascoin. He worked first with Thonet France from 1952 to 1967 and then with Artifort from 1958. Along with the creation of furniture, Pierre Paulin is involved in official controls: reorganization of the Louvre in 1968, projects of furniture for the Houses of Culture and, in 1971-1972, development of the private apartments of the Elysee .

    In 1969, Georges Pompidou indicating a strong interest in modern furniture, invites Coural Jean, director of the National Furniture to redevelop the apartments of the Elysee Palace, with the constraint, reversibility of the decor. Pierre Paulin designs while covering an autonomous parts, creating a set with soft tones, which are contrasted with the whole colorful directed by Agam.

    The lamp model is directly inspired by the Elysée, which was furnished copies of the private apartments. It is indeed a version up wall sconces adorning the smoker. Since the creation of the model, the National Furniture has given the rights to the publishing house of glass and light fixtures to edit it for two years, provided he has a slight difference from the original.


“Élysée” dining suite

ca. 1973
Table: painted cast aluminum, smoked glass; each seat: painted cast aluminum, fabric.
Table: 28 1/2 x 57 1/2 x 47 in. (72.4 x 146.1 x 119.4 cm); each chair: 29 3/4 in. (75.6 cm) high; each stool: 17 7/8 in. (45.4 cm) high
Manufactured by Alpha International, France. Comprising one table, six chairs, and six stools (13).

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $21,250

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