TOLIX, France

Originally developed more for its functional strength than its aesthetic appeal, the industrial appearance of Tolix has slowly grown into a well-loved design classic since the company was first registered in 1927.

Following the family tradition, Xavier Pauchard started out as a roofer-zinc worker and inherently understood the characteristics of sheet metal and zinc. It seemed a natural progression that he would become the first Frenchman to galvanise furniture. The Chaise A was the original Tolix prototype, meticulously created by hand with Pauchard hammering away at the sheet metal, curving it into the exact shape, and welding it together. The result is a compact, stackable chair of disarming simplicity that looks at home in both traditional and contemporary settings. The production process is so involved that no two chairs (or stools) are exactly the same.

Pauchard’s robust designs first found their way into factories, offices, hospitals and ships, as well as cafe terraces and public parks before gaining popularity in the domestic market. All have the distinctive X-shaped reinforcement bars underneath the seat— the initial of founder Xavier Pauchard.

In 2006, Tolix received the Living Heritage Enterprise Award from the French Ministry. Tolix continues to manufacture their products in the original factory in Autun, France. Light, solid, and easy to maintain — The Tolix collection of chairs and stools are stackable, and available in hand-polished Brut Verni (raw metal, varnished) or Galvanised finishes (protective zinc coating) for outdoor use. Either option can be powder-coated. Tables are also available.

Thonet is the exclusive Australian importer of Tolix Metal Furniture.