The Xavier Pauchard Tolix Stool is a perfect mix of industrial style and practical function. Extremely versatile, this handy, low stool can be used as a seat, table, stool, step or footrest. Made from stainless steel, the stool is perforated for added appeal, then powder-coated in a choice of rich colours. It is ideal for summers outside and occasional seating inside – and is light enough to be easily transferred from home to garden.
Xavier Pauchard believed that furniture should serve a practical purpose and his now-iconic designs made an enduring mark on French and international seating. Created to be able to withstand indoor and outdoor use, his pioneering collection was inspired by function. But as luck would have it, they also happen to be exceptionally beautiful. The Tolix Stool is part of Xavier Pauchard’s legacy.
French metalworker, Xavier Pauchard is celebrated for bringing the art of galvanizing steel to the furniture industry. His ground breaking, functional chair, stool and table designs are renowned for their stability, lightness and strength. Pauchard grew up surrounded by pine trees in Le Morvan, France. Despite the abundance of timber production around him, Pauchard turned his attentions to metalwork, pioneering new galvanizing techniques to prevent rust. He set up his own company in 1918 selling steel household items. Pauchard’s father and grandfather were zinc roofers, and it was this connection that no doubt led the young Pauchard to experiment with different galvanization techniques. In 1907, he discovered that he could protect sheet metal from rusting by dipping it in molten zinc. After the First World War, Pauchard set about designing a range of household furniture that could be used indoors and out, whatever the weather. His products were universally popular in both homes and business such as cafés, factories, offices and hospitals.Today, Pauchard’s designs have achieved worldwide iconic status and include the colourful Tolix A Chair, Tolix Bar Stool and Tolix Side Table.
"A man possessed of an understanding of raw materials - and the tools used to work them."
Serge Lemoine, former director of Musee d'Orsay, Paris.
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