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PACHA Lounge Chair & Sofa
Pierre Paulin, 1975

The first sketches by Pierre Paulin evoked clouds. One of them became the Pacha Lounge Chair, designed for Mobilier International (a former French company) in 1975. As an evolution of its Blublub collection for Artifort, the Pacha collection is the result of a deep research on the notion of modern comfort.

After having reissued it in 2018, Gubi expanded the collection by adding the Pacha Lounge Chair with armrests, the Pacha Sofa fitting two to five seater and the Pacha ottoman - forming a modular system allowing an infinite number of compositions - exactly as Paulin originally planned it.

The Pacha collection marked its time by embodying a relaxed approach that contrasted with the austerity of post-war design. Its generously curved shapes exploit modern techniques of moulded plywood and foam padding; well proportioned, they offer excellent comfort.

The collection is available in a wide range of upholstery and the base is available in pearl gold and matt black. The lounge chair is available with an optional swivel base (with automatic return).

DIMENSIONS

Materials internal structure in bent plywood, base in lacquered MDF - padding in cut foam

Base fixed or swivel (with automatic return) for armchairs and ottomans 

Armrests optional - only the middle armrests of the Pacha sofa are removable, the outer armrests (armchair or sofa) are not 

Ready-Made Pacha

Free samples (against deposit)

Harp 24 (price group B) + gold base

Fixed base

Swivel base

Harp 24 (price group B) + black base

Fixed base

Swivel base

Harp 24 (price group B) + black base

Fixed base

Swivel base

Karakorum 001 (price group D) + gold base

Karakorum 001 (price group D) + black base

Fixed base

Swivel base

Fixed base

Swivel base

Karakorum 001 (price group D) + black base

Fixed base

Swivel base

Karakorum 001 (price group D) + gold base

Karakorum 001 (price group D) + black base

Fixed base

Swivel base

Fixed base

Swivel base

Vidar 333 (price group C) + black base

Fixed base

Swivel base

Vidar 222 (price group C) + black base

Vidar 554 (price group C) + gold base

Fixed base

Swivel base

Fixed base

Swivel base

Customize…

… your Pacha lounge chair

Fixed base

Swivel base

Fixed base

Swivel base

… your Pacha ottoman

Fixed base

Swivel base

… your Pacha sofa

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Pierre Paulin

Legendary French furniture designer Pierre Paulin (1927-2009) bestrode the 1960’s and 70’s with his recognizable and innovative style that instantly revolutionized everyday furniture. He studied at the École Camondo design school in Paris, where his teacher urged him to join Marcel Gascoin’s workshop. There, Paulin took in Scandinavian aesthetics and gained great insight in the role that design could play in society.

 

Through the 1950’s Pierre Paulin moved on to design furniture on his own and he began to experiment with stretchy, extensible fabrics that could be drawn across a chair’s armature. He started successful collaborations with Thonet France and Artifort, where the latter resulted in several iconic pieces such as the Mushroom, Ribbon and Tongue chairs, all of which have become sought-after design classics.

 

A joyful modernist, Paulin’s low-slung pieces provided a new laid-back perspective on life and his forward-looking, eclectic and sculptural approach to furniture design instantly caught the mood of the swinging 60’s. The hedonistic, sinuous style of Paulin’s design also attracted the patronage of presidents Georges Pompidou and François Mitterrand, who asked him to redecorate parts of the Elysée Palace in the 1970’s and 80’s.

 

Widely recognized, Pierre Paulin’s innovative designs can today be found in contemporary art and design collections around the world, from the Museum of Modern Art, New York to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London along with the National Centre for Art and Culture Georges Pompidou in Paris.