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The fall and rise of Tolix

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🎬 Based in Autun, Burgundy, Xavier Pauchard (1880-1948) was a pioneer of galvanization in France. After World War I, he began to manufacture housewares from galvanized sheet-metal. In 1927, he shifted production to chairs, armchairs, stools and metal furniture, which he marketed under the Tolix brand.

Designed in 1934, the Marais A Chair is Pauchard’s most iconic design. This quintessential cafe chair also graced the decks of the S.S. Normandie ocean liner. 

Marais a Chair 1934 Design

📉 By the end of the 1950s, the factory had about 80 workers and produced some 60,000 units annually. The company remained in the family until 2004, when the Company was about to be declared bankrupt. 

🔁 In 2004, as Chantal Andriot joined Tolix as Financial Director, she also decided to make the entire catalogue available in a variety of subtle, gentle and deep shades. She breathed new life into iconic pieces by using perforated sheet metal – a new version of Tolix furniture became available! She also added a touch of wood, with locker handles and table legs in oak.

All Tolix furniture is still made in Autun, the same Burgundy town where the company first began.


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