Here one finds, between the seat and feet, the inverse symmetry so beloved of Pierre Paulin. From all this he brings a nervous, aerodynamic modernity. The comfort is perfect: the generous slope of the seat, the ergonomic design of the curving seat-back which support the body precisely and yet gently thanks to the qualities of the Bultex foams used, and to the elastic webbed suspension on the seat and back. The high ear-shaped back allows the sitter to rest the head and shoulders.
Archi is a reproduction of the CM 194 HD fireside chair and CM 195 HD armchair (designed by Pierre Paulin in 1955) which pays homage to their timeless design and the perfection of their ‘comfort curve’, which perfectly embraces the body of the sitter. The seat part appears to be suspended on its ethereal base.
Mechano-soldered steel with ABS edging and
elastic webbing. Quilted with polyether foam 50
kg/m3 - 3.9 kPa. Frame and legs linked with
silentblocs. Base in 30 x 20 mm rectangular
steel tubing in a brilliant-chromed or satin black
lacquered finish ; or in anthracite-stained or
Suspension of seat and back via elastic
webbing. Integral seat cushion in high resilience
polyurethane Bultex foam 30 kg/m3 - 1.8 kPa.
Back cushions in Bultex foam 26 kg/m3 - 1.4
k P a . Cushions clad in polyester quilting 100
Armchair: steel arms clad in polyurethane foam
35 kg/m3 - 3.2 kPa overlaid with polyester
quilting 100 g/m².
Baguette stitching. Covers may be removed by
Any fabrics, microfibres or leathers may be used
(NB except technical impossibilities).
Born in Paris in 1927, made his début in the 50’s, known for his designs and installations (TV, Thonet, Bertrand Faure, Disderot, Artifort), he brought modernity to the Elysée Palace for President Pompidou in 1971. He designed all the furniture for the official office of François Mitterrand, and renovated the dining room for Jacques Chirac. At the same time, he founded ADSA with two associates, working on industrial projects (Calor, Allibert, Stamp) and brand image (Air France) as well as fitting-out railway stations (Gare de Lyon, Gare de Versailles Rive Gauche).
His pieces figure amongst the collections of numerous museums across the world, and various exhibitions have been dedicated to him in 2007/8. MOMA, New York has enlarged its collection of Paulin pieces.