Paulin studied stone carving and clay modeling at the Ecole Camondo in Paris. In the early fifties, he began designing furniture for Thonet and in 1958, became the main designer for Artifort. He designed a series of sculptural furniture in the mid-sixties with an inner structure of steel tubing, covered in foam and fabric. In 1968, Paulin collaborated with Le Mobilier National and received many important government commissions including furniture and interiors for the Elysee Palace in Paris. He also designed home appliances.