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Ro­bust and stylish, the Tolix Model A chair is the quin­tes­sen­tial cafe chair. It has been de­cribed as “a per­fect syn­the­sis cre­ated by a man pos­sessed of an un­der­stand­ing of raw ma­te­ri­als and the tools used to work them.” The his­tory of the chair dates back to 1934 when metalworke­r Xavier Pauchard brought the art of gal­vanis­ing steel to France. The chair, cov­eted for be­ing light­weight, rust­proof and stack­able, found their way into fac­to­ries, of­fices, hos­pi­tals, cafes and pub­lic parks. It even went aboard the ship S.S. Nor­mandie in 1935. To­day, all Tolix chair are still be­ing man­u­fac­tured in Au­tun, the same Bur­gundy town where the com­pany first be­gan. Im­per­fec­tions on its sur­face are char­ac­ter­is­tic of the ma­te­rial and part of its hard­work­ing in­dus­trial charm.

The Tolix Model A chair is avail­able from P5, Sin­ga­pore.

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