It’s fair to say that the majority of people can recognise an item of Tolix furniture when they see it, but why is it so popular especially in cafes, bars, and bistros?
The answer is that it’s strong, durable and surprisingly affordable (well the replica version is!). There’s also the fact that it’s been in existence since the 1930’s and has stood the test of time – now that is the secret of a well-designed chair.
Let’s take a look at how it all began
It all started with a humble steel worker living in France – Xavier Pauchard. He began experimenting with steel galvanisation and having honed his skills began to make a variety of steel products for the home.
He patented the ‘Tolix’ brand in 1927 and set about making metal chairs and stools. Because they were cheap and easy to make, and relatively inexpensive to buy, Tolix furniture became a main stay in schools, hospitals, factories and other venues where large numbers of people needed to be sat.
Before long they could be spotted in all the bars and cafes in Paris and were actually given away by breweries in return for stocking their brand of beer.
Pauchard rose to fame in with his ‘A’ chair which was designed in 1937 and modified so that bar and cafe owners could stack them up high when they weren’t in use. This particular chair can be viewed today at the Pompidou Centre in Paris and at the MOMA in New York.
Tolix went out of favour after the 2nd world war as people turned their attention to other styles of new and exciting chairs that were being brought to the market. The company later went into bankruptcy but was saved by Chantal Andriot in 2004 who turned its fortunes around and introduced exciting new colours into the range.
Why buy replica Tolix furniture?
While original Tolix chairs can be purchased today, they come with a large price tag. Now that may be fine if you only want one or to but if you need 20 or 30 then that’s a whole new ball game.
Replica Tolix furniture made from steel using the same process and retaining the same features, enables customers to have a designer look without the price tag. There are numerous other benefits, including:
- Tolix chairs and stools are lightweight and easy to move around to suit your business needs
- Since they stack, they can be easily stored in a cupboard and brought out at your busiest times of the day
- Tolix furniture is low maintenance since there are no nuts or bolts to come loose and all that’s required to keep them clean is a wipe with a damp cloth and non-abrasive cleansing agent
- We stock a wide range of Tolix styles in lots of vibrant colours and metallic hues.
- Tolix furniture suits most decors and themes
Ready to shop Tolix furniture?
Why not browse our online store or visit our Brisbane showroom to see our Tolix furniture and other styles up close. We offer competitive prices and speedy Australia-wide shipping.