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Pierre Paulin at Galerie Perrotin

A Pierre Paulin exhibition at Galerie Perrotin New York offers a glimpse of lesser-known works by the legendary French designer.

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Pierre Paulin is having a moment. This summer, the legendary French designer behind iconic chairs such as the Mushroom (1960), Orange Slice (1960), Ribbon (1966), and Tongue (1967) is the subject of a retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, on view through 22 August, revisiting his 50-year career in furniture and interior design. And although he passed away in 2009, his family has launched Paulin, Paulin, Paulin, a company dedicated to honoring his legacy and revisiting rare original designs produced in limited editions. True to Paulin’s high standards for his forward-looking, sculptural approach to furniture design, longtime collaborators Michel Chalard oversees the production of these pieces, often working with French and Italian craftsmen who originally worked with Pierre himself.

A number of Paulin, Paulin, Paulin pieces are currently on view at Galerie Perrotin’s New York outpost, following an exhibition in Paris last year, including models and prototypes of works designed over the course of 26 years. From bespoke furnishings for the Palais d’Iéna in Paris to ‘unreleased’ projects for Herman Miller, the show in New York has been updated from the Paris presentation. The current iteration of the exhibition features a new version of the “Diwan” carpet (1984), the “Rosace” coffee table (1971), and two sofas designed for the cultural center of Rennes (1968). Meanwhile striking pieces as the “Déclive” chair and “Cathédrale” table made their way across the Atlantic

These lesser-known furniture designs are exhibited alongside video works by ván Argote, ERRÓ, Jesper Just, and Xavier Veilhan. Pierre Paulin at Galerie Perrotin New York opened on June 22 and runs until August 19.

View of the exhibition Pierre Paulin with videos by Iván Argote, Erró, Jesper Just and Xavier Veilhan at Galerie Perrotin, New York from June 22 to August 18, 2016. Photo : Kris Graves Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin and Galerie Perrotin
View of the exhibition Pierre Paulin with videos by Iván Argote, Erró, Jesper Just and Xavier Veilhan at Galerie Perrotin, New York from June 22 to August 18, 2016. Photo : Kris Graves Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin and Galerie Perrotin
View of the exhibition Pierre Paulin with videos by Iván Argote, Erró, Jesper Just and Xavier Veilhan at Galerie Perrotin, New York from June 22 to August 18, 2016. Photo : Kris Graves Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin and Galerie Perrotin
View of the exhibition Pierre Paulin with videos by Iván Argote, Erró, Jesper Just and Xavier Veilhan at Galerie Perrotin, New York from June 22 to August 18, 2016. Photo : Kris Graves Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin and Galerie Perrotin
View of the exhibition Pierre Paulin with videos by Iván Argote, Erró, Jesper Just and Xavier Veilhan at Galerie Perrotin, New York from June 22 to August 18, 2016. Photo : Kris Graves Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin and Galerie Perrotin
View of the exhibition Pierre Paulin with videos by Iván Argote, Erró, Jesper Just and Xavier Veilhan at Galerie Perrotin, New York from June 22 to August 18, 2016. Photo : Kris Graves Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin and Galerie Perrotin
Pierre PAULIN "La Déclive" 1966 Photo: Claire Dorn Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin and Galerie Perrotin
Pierre PAULIN "La Déclive" 1966 Photo: Claire Dorn Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin and Galerie Perrotin
Pierre PAULIN Table basse "Rosace" Photo: Claire Dorn Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin and Galerie Perrotin
Pierre PAULIN Table basse "Rosace" Photo: Claire Dorn Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin and Galerie Perrotin
Pierre PAULIN "Jardins à la française" 1985 Photo: Claire Dorn Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin and Galerie Perrotin
Pierre PAULIN "Jardins à la française" 1985 Photo: Claire Dorn Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin and Galerie Perrotin
Pierre PAULIN Banquette "Dos à dos" / "Dos à dos" sofa 1968 Photo: Claire Dorn Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin and Galerie Perrotin
Pierre PAULIN Banquette "Dos à dos" / "Dos à dos" sofa 1968 Photo: Claire Dorn Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin and Galerie Perrotin
“Diwan” Rug. Wool. 360 x 540 cm (2m high on the wall) / 11.81 x 17.72 ft (6.5 ft high on the wall). Picture by Benjamin Chelly, from the book ”PIERRE PAULIN, life and work” Vendome Scriptum 2016. ©Benjamin Chelly / Archives Paulin / Albin Michel
“Diwan” Rug. Wool. 360 x 540 cm (2m high on the wall) / 11.81 x 17.72 ft (6.5 ft high on the wall). Picture by Benjamin Chelly, from the book ”PIERRE PAULIN, life and work” Vendome Scriptum 2016. ©Benjamin Chelly / Archives Paulin / Albin Michel
View of the exhibition "Paulin, Paulin, Paulin », Galerie Perrotin, Paris 2015 From left to right: Jesús-Rafael Soto, Pierre Paulin, John De Andrea, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian and Xavier Veilhan. Photo: Claire Dorn © Jesús-Rafael Soto / ADAGP, Paris, 2016 © Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian and The Third Line © Xavier Veilhan / ADAGP, Paris, 2016 Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin and Galerie Perrotin
View of the exhibition "Paulin, Paulin, Paulin », Galerie Perrotin, Paris 2015 From left to right: Jesús-Rafael Soto, Pierre Paulin, John De Andrea, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian and Xavier Veilhan. Photo: Claire Dorn © Jesús-Rafael Soto / ADAGP, Paris, 2016 © Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian and The Third Line © Xavier Veilhan / ADAGP, Paris, 2016 Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin and Galerie Perrotin
View of the exhibition "Paulin, Paulin, Paulin », Galerie Perrotin, Paris 2015 From left to right: Tara Donovan, Pierre Paulin and Heinz Mack. Photo: Claire Dorn. © Tara Donovan. © Heinz Mack / ADAGP, Paris, 2016. Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin and Galerie Perrotin
View of the exhibition "Paulin, Paulin, Paulin », Galerie Perrotin, Paris 2015 From left to right: Tara Donovan, Pierre Paulin and Heinz Mack. Photo: Claire Dorn. © Tara Donovan. © Heinz Mack / ADAGP, Paris, 2016. Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin and Galerie Perrotin
View of the exhibition "Paulin, Paulin, Paulin », Galerie Perrotin, Paris 2015 From left to right: Mike Bouchet, Pierre Paulin, Xavier Veilhan and John De Andrea Photo: Claire Dorn. © Xavier Veilhan / ADAGP, Paris, 2016. Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin, Peres Projects and Galerie Perrotin
View of the exhibition "Paulin, Paulin, Paulin », Galerie Perrotin, Paris 2015 From left to right: Mike Bouchet, Pierre Paulin, Xavier Veilhan and John De Andrea Photo: Claire Dorn. © Xavier Veilhan / ADAGP, Paris, 2016. Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin, Peres Projects and Galerie Perrotin
View of the exhibition "Paulin, Paulin, Paulin », Galerie Perrotin, Paris 2015 From left to right: Pierre Paulin "La Déclive", 1966 and Bertrand Lavier "Paulin/Kind", 1992-2015 Photo: Claire Dorn. © Bertrand Lavier / ADAGP, Paris, 2016. Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin and Galerie Perrotin
View of the exhibition "Paulin, Paulin, Paulin », Galerie Perrotin, Paris 2015 From left to right: Pierre Paulin "La Déclive", 1966 and Bertrand Lavier "Paulin/Kind", 1992-2015 Photo: Claire Dorn. © Bertrand Lavier / ADAGP, Paris, 2016. Courtesy Paulin, Paulin, Paulin and Galerie Perrotin
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