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Elysée Dining Collection
The dining room set, designed in 1968-1969 and completed in 1970 by Pierre Paulin for Georges Pompidou is still in its original location at the presidential palace — on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. This commission brought the designer the ultimate accolade. The French President wanted to “bring modernity into the Elysée Palace” a task for which no combination of contemporary materials was better suited than this set’s cast aluminum, coated with a matte paint with plastic microbeads — as well as its stylized folding forms. These four chairs, which come from an early collection in the seventies, will be accompanied at this sale, as at the Élysée Palace, by a round dining room table with a cast aluminum base coated with matte paint and a smoked glass top. François Mitterrand also commissioned work from Pierre Paulin (1927-2009), who became one of the leading figures of French design in the second half of the 20th century.
Born in Paris in 1927, Paulin 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).
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