I was sad to hear that designer Pierre Paulin, famed for his unusually shaped chairs and a favourite of presidents, has died at the age of 81 in Montpellier, south-east France. He will remain in all our memories as one of the major French designers of the 20th century. He leaves us with great classics, most of them produced by the Dutch company Artifort – ‘the Tongue’, ‘the Ribbon’, ‘the Oyster’ and many others.
Born in Paris on July 9, 1927, Paulin was influenced by Japanese drawing and American designers Charles and Ray Eames. This led him to create furniture which was simple, functional and hard-wearing.
His cremation takes place today after a private ceremony in Nimes.