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.