Metalworker Xavier Pauchard not only brought the art of galvanizing steel to France, but took the process to the next level by creating the Marais A Chair (1934), the quintessential cafe chair that was both elegant and robust enough to grace the decks of the S.S. Normandie ocean liner. "Xavier Pauchard's Chaise A is a perfect synthesis created by a man possessed of an understanding of raw materials - and the tools used to work them," said Serge Lemoine, former director of Musee d'Orsay, Paris. The Collection expanded to stools as well, and all Tolix metal furniture is still made in Autun, the same Burgundy town where it all began. Slight surface abrasions and markings are characteristic of the material and part of its hardworking machine aesthetic. Rubber feet prevent damage to floors. The Marais Collection will stand up to the rigors of public use, but should be protected from wet weather conditions to maintain the finish. Stackable up to 8 high. Made in France.