Iconic Artifort Ribbon Armchair designed by Pierre Paulin. This is an amazing sculptural chair design of the well-known ribbon form by Pierre Paulin from 1966. The chair features a metal frame with horizontal springs, covered with foam and wool upholstery and a white lacquered wood pedestal base. Label attached to the underside (Artifort made in the Netherlande). A beautiful example of applied art, incredibly comfortable. Featured in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. The Ribbon Chair is among one of the most comfortable chairs ever designed. The bold contoured form allows the user to assume a variety of positions while retaining the necessary support. A beautiful example of applied art, the ribbon is one of the most beautiful chairs as well.
Condition Report: Very good strong and sturdy, no noticeable defects, one small faint, spot on left arm, shown in photo, no tears to the upholstery, foam in good condition.
Designer: Pierre Paulin
Attribution Marks: Pierre Paulin
Place of Origin: Holland
Production Period: 1966
Design Period: Modern
Materials: Fabric, White Lacquered wood
Wear: Wear consistent with age and use
Measurements: 27.5” Tall x 38 3/4″ wide x 27 1/4″ deep (seat height 16 5/8″) Base 25″ wide x 17 1/4″ deep
Pierre Paulin studied at the Ecole Camondo in Paris in the early fifties where he began designing furniture for Thonet. In 1958, he became the designer for Artifort where he created a series of sculptural chairs with an inner structure of steel tubing, covered in foam and fabric. In 1968, Paulin collaborated with Le Mobilier.
“A chair should be more than simply functional. It should be friendly, fun and colorful.” -Pierre Paulin
The foundations of Artifort were laid by Jules Wagemans when he set up business as an upholsterer in Maastricht in 1890. His son, Henricus Wagemans, expanded the company into a furniture factory, which had a showroom in Amsterdam by the end of the nineteen twenties and was already well known nationally. In 1928 the new brand name was introduced: Artifort, derived from the Latin word ‘ars’ meaning art or knowledge, and ‘fortis’ meaning strong or powerful. The word ‘comfort’ is also reflected in this brand name.