Pierre Paulin was a French designer well known for his innovative interior and seating furniture design. He is perhaps best remembered for his Modernist chairs, which he created using foam and metallic frames over which he stretched various fabrics and elastics. Paulin’s works are characterized by their crisp, organic lines and bold, vibrant color. Born in Paris, France on July 9, 1927, his early artistic life was marked by experiments in various media and form, such as automobile design, ceramics, and sculpture. He began his design career in earnest following a stint working for the Gascoin Company in Le Havre, where he developed a life-long interest in Japanese and Scandinavian design. Paulin’s work is considered widely influential, and led to major commissions such as the redesign of the Denon Wing of the Louvre Museum and the hall of Tapestries in the Paris City Hall.