Xavier Pauchard: A treat called Tolix

If you are sitting in a chic café or bistro on a picturesque cobbled street, chances are that you are seated on a Tolix. Do you ever wonder what makes a product go down in history as a cult favourite?
BY Nandita Agrawal on January 20, 2019

If you are sitting in a chic café or bistro on a picturesque cobbled street, chances are that you are seated on a Tolix. Do you ever wonder what makes a product go down in history as a cult favourite. What quality & character of design impart it the timelessness of being adored and devoured by generations.

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History of Tolix

The Tolix chair was made by a French creative genius called Xavier Pauchard. Born into a family of Zinc roofers, in Le Morvan, Pauchard discovered that dipping sheet metal in molten zinc created an extremely durable outer layer that prevented rusting. After experimenting with galvanisation techniques, he set up a factory, making small steel household items and later added chairs, stools and tables to the inventory.

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Devoid of a beguiling façade, the beauty of the Tolix is that it’s a classic design that combines stability, lightness and strength. An iconic chair made to serve a purpose, the genius of it lies in its practicality. Pauchard created holes in the seats to make them weatherproof, thus making them suitable for both indoors and outdoors. First created in 1934, he perfected it gradually by tweaking the design to improve its stackability. 

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The ground breaking range of furniture designed by him can be found across the globe in homes and businesses such as restaurants, offices, hospitals and factories.

The contribution of this exceptional talent to the furniture industry is unparalleled. The Tolix A chair, Tolix Bar stool and Tolix side table are an infallible union of form and functionality. A tribute to these Xavier Pauchard designs can be found at the showroom of Kernig Krafts, in Jodhpur, along with a huge array of products that are crafted with utmost precision and sincerity.


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