French furniture and interior designer Pierre Paulin trained as a ceramist and stone carver, which shaped his design ideals later on. He was a fan of Scandinavian and Japanese design. Paulin was very influential during the 1970s and known for his chair designs. He experimented with using swimsuit materials over traditional chairs as well as applied design to comfort in sculptural designs that made use of Italian foams and rubbers over metallic frames. In this way, radical shapes could be created that were not controlled by the traditional structure of the chair. French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Pierre Paulin “the man who made design an art”.
Paulin’s Orange Slice Chair (1960; Swing Lounge Chair) comprises of two curved pads and is simple, playful and inviting, taking on a new shape from different angles. Its ‘slices’ are two identical shells of pressed beech foam-covered shells perched together on a tubular steel frame.
The lounge chair shown above is replica.
Illustrious Norwegian interior designer Fredrik Kayser’s Model 711 (1960; Emerson Sofa in various armchair or seater options) stands out amongst his body of award-winning work and has retained its light, timeless looks over the years, fitting in both traditional and contemporary decors.
Charles and Ray Eames' Molded Plastic Chairs (1948-1950) were the first plastic chairs to be industrially manufactured, including the Desmond Chair, the Rada Armchair and the Maja Rocking Chair with its uncovered, cup-like seats and iconic wood and wire rocker bases.
The Panton Chair (1957-1967; S Chair) by experimental Danish designer Verner Panton is part of the Danish Culture Canon and has withstood the vicissitudes of popularity over time, in part thanks to supermodel Kate Moss who posed nude on it on the cover of British Vogue.