Iconic Tulip Midi swivel chair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, Netherlands - 1960.
These chairs have been reupholstered by Artifort in a custom high-end leather by Alphenberg.
Designer: Pierre Paulin
Material: Leather / Chrome
Model: F594 Swivel Tulip Midi
Design period: 1960
Date of manufacturing: 21st century
Size wdh in cm: 85x70x79 Seat height 42 Arm height 66 cm.
Condition: Very good / Some very light usage marks on the chrome feet
The foundations of Artifort were laid by Jules Wagemans when he set up business as an upholsterer in Maastricht in 1890. His son, Henricus Wagemans, expanded the company into a furniture factory, which had a showroom in Amsterdam by the end of the 1920s and was already well known nationally.
The economic recession of the 1930s forced H. Wagemans & Van Tuinen, as the furniture company was then known, to create a distinctive profile. Developing a catchy brand name and logo was a start. And naturally the furniture had to be distinctive too. The emphasis came to lie on functionality, comfort and quality combined with aesthetically pleasing design and an innovative use of materials.
In 1928 the new brand name was introduced: Artifort, derived from the Latin word 'ars' meaning art or knowledge, and 'fortis' meaning strong or powerful. The word 'comfort' is also reflected in this brand name.