Today we are talking about the Dune Sofa by Pierre Paulin, which made a comeback a few years ago, and its history related to the Herman Miller brand. Now available in Ralph Pucci‘s catalog, the sofa has become a style icon, thanks in part to appearances by figures such as Kanye West and Frank Ocean.
The Dune Sofa is a modular sofa divided into four basic units that differ in height and type of backrest. Depending on various combinations, it creates specific compositions suitable for different scenarios. Although it was not put into production along with the entire collection designed for Herman Miller, in 2014 the sofa made its return thanks to an unexpected ally: Louis Vuitton. All in honor of the Pierre Paulin Program, which in recent years has been committed to exploring the extensive archives of the designer.
Born in 1927 in Paris, Pierre Paulin, a designer and icon of the design world, created seats and forms with a sculptural character, thanks to his background as a ceramist. Elastic fabrics were undoubtedly a turning point, completing Paulin’s vision. His nearly 50-year collaboration with Artifort, a Dutch company, also provided an opportunity for the designer to develop a well-defined and recognizable style. The story of the Dune Sofa can only reflect the path of its creator, the same person who designed the Mushroom Chair in 1960 and the Tulip Chair just five years later. The modular theme also reappears in the sofas designed for the Louvre Museum, lending itself to creating furnishings for a non-domestic environment.
For those who want to see the Dune Sofa in a particularly suggestive setting, it can be found in Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade at Château La Coste, near Aix-en-Provence, on the occasion of the Pierre Paulin Program exhibition.