This curvaceous chair designed in 1967 by Pierre Paulin challenged the more formal aesthetics of the traditional seating form. Without legs, a single sculptural gesture makes up the back and low, deep-set seat. Forgoing the erect posture produced by the typical chair form, this model encourages the user to lounge and lay back into its curves. During the 1960s, conversation pits and low-slung furniture encouraged people to inhabit floor spaces in new ways. The chair’s innovation lies in the upholstery technique used to cover its undulating design.
Officially named the Model 577 Lounge Chair, the piece is better known as "The Tongue Chair," and was featured in the Cooper Hewitt exhibit The Virtue in Vice.