French designer Pierre Paulin, perhaps best known for his Mushroom, Orange Slice or Ribbon chair (pictured) for Artifort in the '60s, is 80 this year. He's been a designer for 60 years, 50 of them for Artifort. Which explains the title of his current retrospective, "Jubille Pierre Paulin 80/60/50," currently underway in the French 'burg of Hyeres. Come November it will be in Paris, and the show goes to Japan in early '08. Click here for details of the pieces on display and some history on Paulin.
(Incidentally, chances are the Ribbon chairs you've seen before were not upholstered in the fabric pictured above; that pattern, known as "Momentum," was designed in 1957 by Lenor Larsen and is being returned to production by Artifort this year.)