Vintage butterfly armchair F675 in metal and leather by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, France 1963s


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About this vintage design furniture

This stunning easy chair named "Butterfly" is designed by French designer Pierre Paulin in 1963. It is produced by Artifort, a Dutch furniture manufacturer. The tubular frame is thin and geometric. The original black leather seating and backrest are solely attached to the frame, which results in a comfortable seat as the leather can form itself to the body. The leather shows an admirable patina that contrasts wonderfully with the metal frame. It is originally marked on the leather (see picture) Pierre Paulin (1927-2009) was a French furniture designer, influenced by the Scandinavian aesthetic, as well as by American prefabrication design. Important is his background in sculpting and stone carving which is the reason why his designs are often opulent and expressive. With the signature organic curves that features in many of his pieces. In 1954 he started a collaboration with Thonet. In 1958, Artifort’s head of design Kho Liang Le recruited Pierre Paulin – his designs are still produced by Artifort today. Paulin said of his time at the company: “It represented the first full expression of my abilities. I considered the manufacture of chairs to be rather primitive and I was trying to think up new processes.” With his high profile, he went on to redecorate the rooms of the Elysée’s private apartments for Pompidou and furnish the office of François Mitterrand. In November 2009, he was posthumously awarded the distinction of ‘Royal Designer for Industry’. Reference : 260447

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81 cm
68 cm
64 cm
Seat height
40 cm
Pierre Paulin
Mid Century
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About the designer

Pierre Paulin

1927 - 2009

Pierre Paulin is one of the greatest French designers. He is renowned for his modern vision and for the right balance between precision and organic he created.

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