The Pumpkin (Alpha) Chair

A brief history of the french design chair.

Original photo from unknown source.

In 1969 Pierre Paulin was commissioned to design a private concept for former French president Georges Pompidou in the Elysée Palace. The commission resulted in Pierre Designing the Pumpkin Chair in 1971. Furniture manufacture Alpha ran the production of the chair in 1973 for a brief period. The chair didn't take off like anticipated. In 2007 Pierre revisited his design for easier manufacturing.

Earlier in his career, French designer, Pierre Paulin started out as a sculptor with stone carving and clay molding. He collaborated with Artifort, where he became known for The Mushroom Chair (1959) and The Ribbon Chair (1966). It is said he was inspired by the works of Charles and Ray Eames, a couple on the list of our favourite designers. (Who wouldn't be inspired by them?) We think it is wonderful to see someone inspired by the greats also become great!

Round and soft shapes have made their comeback in the year of 2021, and we are very excited about that at Mise en Scene Co. We love obscure forms and breaking the norm by sourcing some truly remarkable pieces. Replicas of this iconic chair are available for purchase on our site.

Click here for the sofa and here for the armchair.

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