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Tesco does a budget Pumpkin-style chair


We love the Pumpkin chair. An early 70s design classic from Pierre Paulin and originally produced for Georges Pompidou's private apartment in the Élysée Palace, this space age gem went into mass production for the very first time in 2008, appearing most recently as an annviversary edition. But with prices starting at a very minimum £900 (and usually much more), it's not cheap. So here's an alternative – the Tesco Sphere chair.

Ok, it doesn't have the finesse of the Paulin original, it just wouldn't. But it does offer up a similar profile, with a circular shape, slightly raised back and a choice of fabric or leather construction. The fabric is in red, the leather in black.

If you are trying to re-create that 70s space age look, the Sphere chair offers the shape and the style without the big price tag. How cheap? Well, the fabric chair is yours online for £144.99, the leather discounted for £129.99. Even better, Tesco has discount code on its site right now that knocks another £10 off both prices.

Find out more at the Tesco Direct website

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Ligne Roset Pumpkin armchair by Pierre Paulin offered in limited edition striped finish


The original reissue has been featured on thos pages before, but now you can join the queue for a limited edition Ligne Roset Pumpkin armchair in two striped finishes.

The new versions of the Pierre Paulin space age classic are to celebrate Ligne Roset's 150th anniversary, with just 150 of the red and the blue being offered worldwide. Or red Divina and blue Divina if you want the official names. All will be numbered and feature the slogan '150 ans d'avance' and the Pierre Paulin textile label.

The original was produced in 1971 for seating for the private apartments of Claude and Georges Pompidou at the Elysée Palace. In 2010, a basic Pumpkin costs from £900. The limited edition? That will retail for around £1,500.

Ligne Roset website

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eBay watch: Pierre Paulin Archi armchair for Ligne Roset


Back in August of last year, we mentioned that Ligne Roset was re-introducing a classic Pierre Paulin design from the 1950s – the Archi armchair. Well, it did re-appear, with prices varying from £1,400 to in excess of £2,000 depending on your choice of finish. Just as well one has appeared on eBay then.

Indeed, this particular chair os something of a steal. Used in a show home, so pretty much hardly used at all, it offers that classic design in a dark red finish (apparently darker than the picture indicates), the upholstery in a 'divina wool' felt fabric, with matt black metal legs for support.

The colour might not be to everyone's taste, but the price should be. Reduced for a quick sale to £650 on a 'Buy It Now' or taking offers.

Find out more at the eBay website