History of the Tolix

History of the Tolix

History of the Tolix

Who invented the Tolix chair?

The original Tolix chair was designed by Xavier Pauchard in 1934. Pauchard was born in 1880 in Le Morvan, known as the green heart of France. At that point in time, wood was the most important construction material however, his father and grandfather before him were zinc roofers. In 1907, Pauchard discovered that he could protect sheet metal from rusting by dipping it in molten zinc at 450⁰C, or by galvanising it. 10 years later, he set up a factory making steel household items and eventually in 1927, registered his trademark symbol as Tolix.

The classic chair, which is a favourite in cafés and retro kitchens all over the world, was designed in 1934. The chair was originally designed to be outside in all weathers, which is why there were holes in the seats – to let the rainwater drain off. However, café owners complained that the chairs wouldn’t stack properly so Pauchard had to tweak his design. By 1956, the classic Tolix chair was finally created, with a slimmer frame and the ability to stack it 25 chairs high. The popularity of these chairs went sky high, being used in factories, hospitals, and offices as well as hospitality settings.

Since then, the Tolix chair has become a worldwide favourite in restaurants, bars, and homes thanks to its hardwearing frame. An example of the chair is even on display in New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Paris’s Pompidou Centre.


The Tolix legacy

Today, Tolix chairs are still manufactured from rugged steel and are available from around £200. While this is a great opportunity to own an original piece for those with money or collectors, it is not an affordable option for the hospitality industry. Luckily, there are plenty of Tolix inspired options available, including our large Tolix Style range.

Our range of Tolix Style chairs and stools are all powder coated with a high-quality steel paint that is made for use in the contract market. We supply our chairs and stools in a large variety of colours including Gloss Black, Rose Gold, Industrial Rose Gold, Orange, Gun Metal Grey, Yellow, Green, Blue, Matte Black, White, Red and Industrial Grey.


To find out more about our Tolix Style chairs and stools, please get in contact with us through our online form, instant chat, email – sales@stac.co.uk or phone us on 01462 455 938.