CIRCA Cardin

Feb 3, 2011 | Designs and Designers

Pierre Cardin

 Since 1950, Pierre Cardin (b. 1922) has changed the look and business of the fashion industry.  He has designed everything from haute couture to prêt-à-porter fashions, PIA airline uniforms to NASA spacesuits, airplane and automobile interiors, hotels and restaurants, and furniture, lighting and accessories.

Pierre Cardin worked as a tailor’s apprentice in Vichy, France as a teen, where he learned the art of tailoring suits.  He moved to Paris in 1945 and worked for prominent couturiers such as Madame Paquin, Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Bérard, and Christian Dior before starting his own house in 1950.

Pierre Cardin was the first couturier to design for men, the first to launch prêt-à-porter, the first Western designer to show collections in China and the Soviet Union, and the first to license his name for a non-fashion item.


via Time CIRCA 1974

Pierre Cardin’s sculptural approach to fashion translated seamlessly into furniture designs in the 1970s and 80s.  Pierre Cardin furniture combined the bold outlines and lacquered surfaces of Asian art with the simple geometry and sharp lines of Art Deco.  The sharp edges, flawless lacquering and chrome veneers of Pierre Cardin furniture epitomizes the glamour of the late 70s and early 80s French “disco chic”.

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Pierre Cardin Dining Table

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Set of 6 Pierre Cardin Dining Chairs

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Cocktail Table via Elle Decor


Cocktail Table via Domino


 Cocktail Table via InStyle



Chairs via Nuevo Estilo



Table via Star Tribune

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TV: SamsungChair: Palecek, in Peter Fasano fabricLight: Shades from the Midnight SunWallcovering: Schumacher (foyer).


Every appliance is concealed by painted paneling. Counter stools: Artistic FramePendants: Weplight, with Radish Moon fabricBacksplash: Tiles of Ezra.

Breakfast nook

Bowman chose a seafoam green for the spot where the family enjoys casual meals. Wallcovering: Phillip JeffriesChandelier: Julie NeillChairs: Design Within Reach, in Pierre Frey fabricTable: custom.

Dining Room

Bunk Room

Bowman turned a tiny space into a spare bedroom for the children’s friends. Floor tile: Mirth StudioWallcovering: ThibautPaint: Cloud White (trim, bunks) and In Your Eyes (ceiling), Benjamin Moore.

Girl’s Room

The room was decorated so that (optimistically) it will last through her teen years. Paint: Sprout, Sherwin-WilliamsWallcovering: Pacific Designs International (ceiling). Nightstand: Chelsea TextilesSconces: PalecekCurtains: Lisa Fine TextilesBedding: MatoukBed: Coley Home.

Primary Bathroom


Painted cement tile by Sabine Hill and Perennials performance fabric can withstand post-pool hangouts. Paint: Marry Me (cabinets), Benjamin MooreWallcovering: Pacific Designs InternationalSofa: vintage.


Pool House

Shutters painted in Pink Cloud by Benjamin Moore are a subtle departure from the neighboring homes—yet still wholly Floridian.