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It’s heartening to witness a resurgence in appreciation for the work of late French designer Pierre Paulin (1927 – 2009). This revival is due in large to the work of Paulin’s family under the guise of Paulin Paulin Paulin, a guardian-like entity whose vocation is to produce and sell rare Paulin pieces, many which never entered commercial production. Led by Paulin’s wife, son and daughter-in-law, Paulin, Paulin, Paulin celebrates an archive that spans the 60s, 70s and 80s, a time in which Paulin’s work wasn’t immediately embraced by his native France. Posited as international rather than French, Paulin’s at times avant-garde aesthetic is characterised by organic forms, bold colour and technical precision. While Paulin, Paulin, Paulin focuses heavily on the collector market, many more accessible designs remain in production. French design house Lignet Roset has long issued the famed Pumpkin among others, while Gubi introduced the Pacha Lounge Chair as recently as last year. Devotees can also explore Paulin’s early career through his extensive work for Artifort. And there’s always the rabbit hole of 1stdibs, but be warned. The limited Alpha Club (pictured above) is where our heart is. Photography courtesy of Ralph Pucci.