Metalworker Xavier Pauchard brought the art of galvanizing steel to France. After registering the trademark TOLIX name in 1927, he took the manufacturing of galvanised sheet-metal domestic items to the next level by creating the Marais A Chair (the quintessential Parisian cafe chair) in 1934. These chairs were not only robust, but elegant enough to grace the decks of the S.S. Normandie ocean liner. The Collection was so popular that it soon expanded to an armed version and stools as well. Slight surface abrasions and markings are characteristic of the material and part of its hardworking machine aesthetic. Rubber feet prevent damage to floors. All Tolix seating will stand up to the rigors of public use, are fully stackable, and still made in Autun, France, the same Burgundy town where it all began..
They are available in 20 glossy colors, and standard galvanized (our personal favorite) either varnished or unvarnished.
Here are a few GREAT examples of vintage Tolix seating..
And why so much information on Tolix seating?
Because we bought some knock-off stools. We’re on a budget and can’t afford the real things….so fakes it is.
We got them on eBay, but they shipped from Overstock.com. Go figure
And Way, Much, More cheaper than “Real” ones.
These will be just what we need in our hard-working garage …….to pull up next to the work table.