Design Classics: The Tolix Cafe Chair

Sep 17, 2013
E. Brandy

The iconic metal cafe chair sparks up our imagination of a luxurious afternoon of sipping coffee while discussing art and philosophy on a sunny terrasse. The chair responsible for such desires is the Tolix A chair, designed by Xavier Pauchard, a french metalworker in 1934. Originally intended to be used in factories or ships, they became incredibly popular for their design, timeless look, and versatility as a stackable chair, suitable both for outdoor and indoor settings.

Like many other modern classics, the Tolix chairs are equally at home in traditional or modern settings. The galvanized versions, paired with a rustic dining table, have a distinctly chic industrial feeling. The same chairs are sleek and elegant teamed up with a modern dining table. You can even play with different colors for a pop-art vibe.

You may be able to find many variations of the Tolix A bistro chair (also known as Marais A), from vintage to newly manufactured. We made a small selection of manufacturers and distributors that offer this chair in a variety of colors and finishes.

1. 1934 Dining Chair By Tolix – $245.00 Sundance
2. and 6. Glossy black finish – $269.00 Pottery Barn
3. Galvanized finish – $219.00
4. and 9. Sheet steel with epoxy varnish or powder coating – $212.50 Design Within Reach
5. Blue finish – £210.00 Graham and Green
7. Distressed finish – $175.00 Crash Industrial
8. Matte Red Rust – $150.00 Amazon
10. Glossy burgundy – $145.00 Industry West

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