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.
- This piece is available in a varnished powder-coated finish or galvanized finish. Primarily intended for indoor use, the former option should be protected from moisture and brought inside when not in use. Suitable for outdoor use, the latter weather-resistant option should not be left outside for prolonged periods.
- Galvanized version has several small perforations in the seat and rails, necessary in the galvanizing process.