M2L PRESENTS: GEOFFREY HARCOURT & PIERRE PAULIN RETROSPECTIVE DURING ICFF 2011
(New York, NY – May 2011) Over the years, M2L has become the go-to place for architects and designers to find fresh contemporary furniture from Europe. Fittingly, during the 2011 edition of ICFF, the furniture importer and distributor will shine a spotlight on two of Europe’s most accomplished designers: Geoffrey Harcourt and Pierre Paulin. The booth (#2204) will feature a selection of pieces that each designer created for the world-class Dutch furniture maker Artifort. Geoffrey Harcourt will be in attendance at ICFF on Sunday and Monday (May 15 and 16) and participating in the show’s conference program, Design Entrepreneurs: Local Talent, Global Markets, on Monday, May 16.
Geoffrey Harcourt trained at the Royal College of Art in London and designed his first series of small office fauteuils for Artifort in 1962. His designs essentially introduced Artifort to the international market for contract design. Abiding by the principle “First the person, then the chair,” Harcourt has been awarded many prizes throughout his career and in 1978 was honored with the title of “Royal Designer for Industry.”
F 511 (1967) is futuristic yet pleasantly nostalgic. The chair’s comfortable shell seat rests on a solid metal base that invites people to sit down and relax in offices spaces and public spaces alike.
Chaise Lounge (1970) is Harcourt’s distinct interpretation of the chaise lounge. Powerful and sculptural yet elegant and modern, it is the perfect seat to stretch out and unwind.
T 978 (2006) is a table designed to complement the F 978 chair. With its sleek but rounded lines, it matches the chair’s glossy shell seat perfectly. The round table top is available with a 24” or 40” diameter and can be laminated, veneered or coated. The column is chrome with a polished aluminum base.
Pierre Paulin began as a freelance designer for Artifort in the 1960s, which marked the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration. What makes his designs so distinctive is their striking, sculptural shape. With comfort as his starting point, his work remains timeless and progressive even today. Artifort still includes many of Paulin’s designs dating from the 1960s and 1970s in its permanent collection.
Orange Slice (1960) possesses a playful composition that seems to change shape with every glance. The chair is made from two completely identical shells of pressed beech wood, covered with foam on a chrome metal frame.
Tulip (1965) is an inviting armchair that spreads its half-open flower petals around the sitter. The line includes a stately Tulip with a high back and matching footstool as well as an elegant low back chair, perfect for conferences or an after-dinner chat. The large Tulip was recently reintroduced with its original cross base.
Ribbon (1966) is an artfully composed fauteuil that is as comfortable as it is unique. It features a metal frame with horizontal springs covered with foam and stretch fabric and a lacquered pressed wood base.
F 598 (1972) is a groovy shell seat that was once the darling of the avant-garde yet still remains in great demand. A special feature of the chair is its anodized or coated aluminum profile base.
Founded in 1992, M2L distributes genuine modern design from Europe. M2L has introduced a myriad of iconic designers to the American market, that include: Josef Hoffmann, Eileen Grey, Walter Gropius, Eero Aarino and Pierre Paulin, as well as today's design stars like Paolo Piva, Patrick Norguet, Norman Foster, Eoos, Pearson-Lloyd, Jeff Miller and more. M2L products can be seen on their website as well as their three showrooms: 135 Madison Ave., NYC 10016; 3334 Cady's Alley, Washington DC 20007; and 104 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116. For more information, contact them at 800-319-8222 or visit www.m2lgenuinedesign.com
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