The writing surface is made from soft-touch, scratch-resistant FENIX laminate, in black to match the black lacquered steel base, whilst the 2 drawers are finished in natural walnut veneer.
After his initial success at the Salon des Arts Ménagers de Paris in 1953, Pierre Paulin began collaborating with Thonet-France the following year, principally designing desks and chairs. It was then that he designed the ‘CM 141’ desk, which is being reproduced by Ligne Roset in 2008 under the name Tanis: its original design has been scrupulously respected, but the ‘self-effacing’ finishes of the era have been updated and enriched.
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.