The designer Xavier Pauchard introduced his knowledge of metal in the design and manufacture of chairs, making them the icon of an era. His 'Tolix' chair is still a regular on the terraces of bars and restaurants around the world 80 years after its creation.
Tolix is a French house famous for its metal furniture and accessories, suitable for residential or contract use indoors and outdoors. The history of Tolix, which began in 1927, is a combination of master craftsmanship, aesthetic sense and ability to capture the needs of the public. Its founder is Xavier Pauchard, a craftsman who produced steel items for the home. In his workshop, after several experiments, he discovered that the metal, immersed in a bath of molten zinc, resists oxidation processes. Thanks to an intuition, he decided to go against the current, using steel instead of wood to make furniture, anticipating trends. In fact, in the 1930s the Modern Movement chose steel as a representative material of rationalist aesthetics. It was the beginning of a successful story that made Tolix one of the symbol brands of industrial design. The iconic Chair A, the flagship product of the house, is on display in the permanent collections of the Center Pompidou, MoMa and the Vitra Museum. Tolix metal furniture, created more than 80 years ago, is more current than ever.
Chair A, Tolix's most iconic chair
Thanks to the galvanizing process, Xavier Pauchard is able to make stainless, light and resistant metal furniture. Chairs, stools and armchairs, but also storage furniture and office chests of drawers, which are used in hospitals, schools, factories, offices and communities. World success came with the aforementioned Chair A, which was chosen to furnish the decks of the Normandie ocean liner in 1935 and was presented at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1937. In addition to being light and resistant, chair A can be stacked up to 25 pieces , and thanks to these characteristics, in the post-war period it became the symbol of Parisian cafes.
Tolix metal furniture, between reissues and new collections
The glorious parable of Tolix experienced a moment of crisis at the end of the year 2000, until the company, which had always been owned by the family, was acquired by Chantal Andriot, employed as an administrative employee. The relaunch of the company began with the reissue of classic pieces and new collaborations with leading designers. Lover of paint and colors, the new owner decided to develop the entire catalog in a wide palette that ranges from classic tones to the most current.
From the collaboration with the designers new collections of contemporary style were born. Pauline Deltour designed the Patio garden furniture collection with a structure in thin metal tubes, seat and back in sheet steel in both versions, compact and with slats. The collection includes garden chairs, lounge chairs and coffee tables. Frédéric Gaunet imagined a bookcase with a futuristic design, the Mono Cylindre, made up of a rotating cylinder and available in the two-cylinder version, and a double-sided bookcase that also serves as a stool, available in three different heights, MT500, MT750 and MT1335. . Normal Studio designed the collection of Pop steel shelves, which are assembled using screws, practical, very light and with clean lines. In 2022, Tolix presents a new range of outdoor furniture, the Tilde collection, with a chair, a bench and a table. The Tilde collection is made up of two curved strips that form a wave like the punctuation mark that gave it its name.
Tolix are not just standardized products, but professional customers can be offered a wide variety of solutions tailored to their needs.
Tolix furniture is designed to give metal a unique beauty, giving it a retro-vintage style that fits perfectly in homes where the style is industrial, retro and classic.