Since its beginning, Magis has crossed boundaries through their partnerships with leading designers and novel twists on contemporary furniture design. Founded in 1976, Italian designer Eugenio Perazza began the first steps towards building an international design laboratory. In Latin, Magis means "more than" and that is exactly what Magis delivers while focusing on using less materials and energy. Always perched on the cutting edge, Perazza was named as "one of ten who will change the way we live."
In 1984, Magis experienced enormous success with their product Step. This ladder was snubbed upon initial release because it was not an item considered "worthy" of the furniture store circuit. However, the product met with tremendous success, especially in furniture stores, and Magis' fire was lit.
In 2004, Magis introduced their venture into the realm of children. Inspired by his granddaughter's propensity for drawing and a lack of appropriate children's desks, Eugenio Perazza conceived the Me Too Collection. He began by searching out designers who could think like a child and all the products in the collection earned Perazza's granddaugter's approval before going into production. The Me Too Collection features bright and innovative pieces that stimulate and engage children's perceptions. Me Too is about: "I'm here too and I deserve my place in the world."
By embracing the creativity of leading global designers and incorporating leading technology into the mass production of unique objects and furniture, Magis has garnered many awards and their Bottle project has earned a place in the permanent collections of many contemporary art museums. Offering product choices that range from indoor, outdoor and children's rooms, Magis changes the way we live.
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 Paulin's 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 form's sake but applied design.
Artifort still includes many of Paulin's 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 Elysee 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). View other products by Pierre Paulin RDI