The seeds of the extremely fruitful relationship between Pierre Paulin (1927) and Artifort were sown in 1958. At the suggestion of Kho Liang Ie, Artifort held an international furniture show in the new exhibition rooms in Maastricht. Paulin made a great impression with a contemporary shell chair and quickly became a freelance designer for Artifort after the show. What sets his designs apart is their striking sculptural quality that has earned Paulin many international prizes. His work remains timeless and, is modern and progressive to this day. Artifort still includes his designs dating from the 1960's and 70's in its permanent collection, even though they are almost 50 years old. Paulin's work can be admired in museums throughout the world. Apart from furniture, he has also designed such things as the interior of the private apartments of the French presidents Pompidou and Mitterand in the ElysΘe Palace in Paris. Pierre Paulin's significance for Artifort extends beyond his designs. He also introduced a new technique to the company in which the basic structure of furniture no longer consists of a wooden framework, but a tubular steel frame.
In 1969, the ABCD won the Monza Design Award. And rightly so. The shape of Pierre Paulin's ABCD sofa seems to derive from an egg-box, and everyone who sits on it has their own place - safe, comfortable and supportive. While at the same time the sofa seems to undulate. Endlessly relaxingly. Ideal for hotel lobbies and lounges, the ABCD combines perfectly with the Mushroom pouf.
Castors at the back
Available in several fabric and leather options
Dimensions: 26'' H x 95.3'' W x 33.9'' D
Seat height: 16.5''
Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 26 Inches
Overall Width - Side to Side: 95.3 Inches
Overall Depth - Front to Back: 33.9 Inches
Product Design: Stationary
Arm Style: Armless
Back Style: Camel back
Country of Manufacture: Netherlands
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The foundations of Artifort were laid by Jules Wagemans. He set up business as an upholsterer in Maastricht in 1890. The name Artifort is derived from the Latin word â€˜arsâ€™ meaning art or knowledge, and â€˜fortisâ€™ meaning strong or powerful. The word â€˜comfortâ€™ is also reflected in this brand name. With big name designers such as Geoffrey Harcourt, Patrick Norguet, Kho Liang Ie and the French designer Pierre Paulin, many new techniques and constructions were introduced and great furniture designs became icons throughout the world. By the 1960's, internationally, the furniture seemed to be very much in demand, which resulted in enormous sales growth which has continued to boom to this day. Innovation remains the key factor to all of Artifort's designs; captivating to the eye and functional design play key roles in all of their most prized designs.
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In 1969, the ABCD won the Monza Design
Award. And rightly so. The shape of Pierre Paulin's ABCD sofa seems to derive from an egg box, and everyone who sits on it has their own place safe, comfortable and ...