Pierre Paulin. Tongue Chair (model 577). 1967

Pierre Paulin Tongue Chair (model 577) 1967

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In the late 1960s, the development of plastic molding, stretch jersey, and polyurethane foam radically changed the international furniture industry. "I considered the manufacture of chairs to be rather primitive and I was trying to think up new processes," said Paulin in a 2008 interview. "I had tried to appeal to the lifestyle of young people. They were into low-level living." The floor-hugging Tongue Chair was built from metallic frames padded with foam and covered with stretchable material in a variety of bright colors. Its free, sprawling form embodied an anti-establishment sensibility, and it sold in huge numbers.

Gallery label from From the Collection: 1960-69, March 26, 2016 - March 12, 2017.
Artifort, The Netherlands
Tubular steel frame with stretch fabric-covered latex foam
25 1/4 x 33 1/2" (64.1 x 85.1 cm), seat h. 14" (35.6 cm)
Gift of Artifort and the Suzanne Slesin Purchase Fund
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© 2021 Pierre Paulin
Architecture and Design

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