Tolix Chair

Written by on 11th April 2012 in Design & History with 2 Comments

In keeping with my post earlier this week on the funky new local industrial furniture store Trade Roots. I thought I would share a little bit of history about a purchase I made there last week that satisfied a longing I have had for an iconic chair.  Some of you may know that in my old life I was an historian…yawn…I know; however my two loves of history and design actually really blend pretty well. So here’s a quick lesson so you can look like a smarty pants.

First it might be helpful to show you the basic design…It is widely known as the Tolix Chair

Inspiring photos that spurned my affection for these battered beauties include…

Architectural Digest – April 2012

Pinterest – Unknown

Apartment Therapy

 So once I actually found them locally I snapped two up for my next project (TBA) and did a little research to inform myself of the provenance and history of these funky french chairs.

First I learned that they are so much more popular and renowned than I was aware of. Tolix chairs can be found  in design museums around the world and are celebrated for their exceptional design, excellent use of materials and comfort. The guy who gets all the credit was a sheet metal worker in France named Xavier Pauchard. He trademarked the Tolix in 1927 and started production of the chair, armchair and stools shortly thereafter.

The stack-able, lightweight , rustproof and easy to clean chairs became popular in hospitals, offices and public cafes and remained a staple in European design for the last 80 years.  In the mid 2000′s new management in the Tolix manufacturing company encouraged the production and export of the chairs to America which is why these Legit Tolix chairs are  available to us today.

Do you want one now?


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  1. Kim says:

    Love these chairs … especially the colored ones!! Thanks for sharing the history!

  2. You had me at “history and art”. I love this chair more now, than previously. I, too, have more of an affection for something once I learn the history. Thank you.

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