Metalworker Xavier Pauchard not only brought the art of galvanizing steel to France but also took the process to the next level by creating the Marais A Chair (1934). The quintessential cafe chair, it was both elegant and robust enough to grace the decks of the S.S. Normandie ocean liner. After the death of Pauchard in 1948, his son Jean took over as managing director of their company, Tolix. In 1956, he designed an armchair to go with his father’s A Chair, naming it the A56. It takes 100 manual operations to create a Tolix chair, and 80 years after the company was founded, the Tolix name is recognized worldwide as best-in-class furniture. All Tolix furniture is still made in Autun, the same Burgundy town where the company first began. Slight surface abrasions and markings are characteristic of the material and part of its hardworking machine aesthetic. Stackable up to 10 high. Made in France.
Tolix products are protected by copyright, making it illegal for another company to clone this chair. At DWR, the Tolix products we sell are 100% authentic.
The Marais Collection should be protected from moisture and kept indoors when not in use to maintain its finish.
Sheet steel with epoxy varnish or powder-coated finish; rubber floor glides.
Xavier Pauchard was born in the thickly wooded Morvan region of Burgundy, France, and began his career as a roofer and zinc worker like his father and grandfather before him. It's ironic that a young man who grew up surrounded by innumerable pine forests in an area with a thriving timber industry would go on to become the first manufacturer of galvanized steel domestic goods in France. Or, perhaps his upbringing is what inspired his interest in other materials. Either way, what cannot be debated is the enduring mark Pauchard made on French seating.