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Winter 2014

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144 CULTURED © ARCHIVES PIERRE PAULIN L ouis Vuitton presents "Playing With Shapes," a modular furniture design by the late Pierre Paulin for Herman Miller, conceived in 1972, but unrealized until now. Paulin's wife, Maïa, and their son, Benjamin, worked closely with both companies in developing the program for "Playing With Shapes," including the recreation of Paulin's original maquette and 18 pieces of furniture. "His pieces are honest," says Benjamin. "Behind the seemingly liberal shapes, one should not imagine fickle artistic labor, but an arduous will for practicality, sprinkled with a touch of poetry." This Design Miami/Satellite is on view December 2 through 7. FRENCH REVIVAL "An object's beauty is by no means the expression of an artistic project, but the result of the limitations linked to its design." —Pierre Paulin Pierre, Benjamin and Maïa Paulin, circa 1980; at right, an original maquette for Herman Miller that inspired "Playing With Shapes," on view at 140 NE 39th Street.

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