Pierre’s greatest childhood influence came from his uncle & motorcar designer Georges Paulin as well as great-uncle & sculptor Freddy Balthazar Stoll. While studying at the Camondo Decorative Arts School in Paris, his teacher, Maxime Old, recommended Paulin to Marcel Gascoin’s workshop. It was there that Paulin embraced Scandinavian aesthetics and later begun to admire the clean lines of American designers. Paulin created his most iconic models during his collaboration with Kho Liang Le from the late 1950s to 1975, many of which are still in production.
Pierre Paulin had a rather productive design career, with numerous exhibitions and publications but expressed that he had a desire to mass-produce some of his unreleased work. Currently, Paulin, Paulin, Paulin is a family business succeeded by his wife, son and closest business collaborator Michel Chalard. They carry the torch to continue his dream when Paulin passed in 2009.