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Mention Artifort and Pierre Paulin immediately springs to mind. The brand and designer are inextricably linked together. Their deep bond and collaborative history are legendary within the design world and each, undeniably, drove the other to greater heights of commercial success and critical acclaim. 

Pierre Paulin was born in 1927, the son of a French father and a Swiss mother and grew up in Paris. Paulin's dream was to become a sculptor, but a severed nerve in his hand forced him to alter his creative path and study interior and industrial design. Following graduation, and a successful presentation at the Salon des Arts Menagers, Paulin's career took off in 1953. He worked as  a freelance designer for Thonet France, but, ultimately, felt that the French firm and public were not yet ready for his type of free-form, organic seating. Paulin needed to partner with a company that shared his vision to push the boundaries of design and production. 

In 1958, Paulin met Kho Liang Ie, who had just been appointed aesthetic consultant at Artifort. Paulin's creative approach perfectly matched Ie's forward-looking ideas on developing modern furniture for the high-end market segment. Paulin began extensive experiments with stretch fabrics that could conform to his new, highly sculptural furniture designs. 

By the early 1960s Paulin's creations were so successful and sought after in the international market that Artifort's production facilities could barely keep up with demand. French presidents Pompidou and Mitterand commissioned Paulin to design interiors in the Elysee Palace in Paris, further amplifying his notoriety and significance as a visionary, multi-talented designer. Today, Pierre Paulin designs are included in permanent collections of prestigious museums throughout the world. 

Pierre Paulin continued to design and collaborate with Artifort until his death on June 13th, 2009 in Montpellier, France. In November, 2009 Paulin was posthumously awarded the prestigious title, "Royal Designer of Industry" by the Royal Society of the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers, and Commerce. Pierre Paulin's collective works have had a tremendous impact on the world of design and will continue to inspire those who believe that exceptional furniture design can attain a level of functional art.

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