At an international furniture show organized by Kho Liang Ie, Pierre Paulin made a great impression with a contemporary shell lounge. Shortly after the show, he became a freelance designer for Artifort. This marked the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration. What makes Paulins designs so distinctive is their striking sculptural shape, which earns the designer many prizes worldwide. His work remains timeless and progressive even today. This is not form for forms sake but applied design.
Artifort still includes many of Paulins designs dating from the nineteen-sixties and seventies in its permanent collection. His work can be admired in museums throughout the world. Apart from furniture, he also designed interiors for the French Presidents Pompidou and Mitterrand in the ElysÃ©e Palace in Paris.
Pierre Paulin died in 2009 in a hospital in Montpellier, France. The French President Sarkozy honored him as one "...who made design an art". Pierre Paulin has been posthumously awarded the distinction of "Royal Designer for Industry" (RDI) by the British Royal Society of Arts (RSA).