Miniature Ribbon Chair
Vitra has manufactured furniture designs by Charles & Ray Eames and George Nelson since 1957. Building on this foundation, Vitra has developed a wide range of furnishings for the office, for the home and for public spaces in collaboration with progressive designers. Yet Vitra is more than just a design-oriented manufacturing company. The name also stands for the Vitra Design Museum, for a collection of modern furniture and its accompanying archive, for workshops and publications on topics of design, and for an architectural concept that unites buildings by Frank Gehry, Nicholas Grimshaw, Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando, Alvaro Siza, Herzog & de Meuron and SANAA at the Vitra Headquarters in Birsfelden (Switzerland) and on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein (Germany).
Product longevity is central to Vitra's contribution to sustainable development; short-lived styling is avoided at all costs. This can be seen most clearly in the classical pieces of furniture that have been used for decades, had several owners and have then even ended up as a part of a collection. For Vitra, the manufacture of sustainable products means intense pre-production development, where the highest-grade materials are selected and tests are carried out that simulate 15 years of use. In order to enforce and monitor sustainable development in all business activities of the company, a work group was formed in 1986 by the name of 'Vitra and the Environment'. Because of this, Vitra can proudly claim that it has been dedicated to sustainability for nearly a quarter of a century.
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