Tolix: The Bold & The Beautiful

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In the midst of the madness for pattern, the primary colours and mod lines of Tolix make a mid-century style statement that’s hard to resist. 

Tolix furniture has undeniable buoyant charm. It’s striking in its elemental colour and clean modernist lines. From a pop-art-inspired palette to sleek black and perforated grey, Tolix spans from bold to bashful.

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Tolix barstools and chairs at home in modern and rustic interiors – Replica Xavier Pauchard available online at zanui.com.au. Source from left: via thecavenderdiary.com and themarionhousebook.com

Epitomising iconic style, the Tolix collection of barstools, chairs and tables packs a punch in contemporary, urban-industrial and eclectic environments. From domestic to commercial, interior to al fresco, its sleek modern style adds edgy colour and vibrant energy.

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Rocking the al fresco aesthetic – urban industrial meets rustic charm. Source from left: via blog.bodieandfou.com and blog.chairsandstools.com

Tolix is the brainchild of one Xavier Pauchard (1880 – 1948) a pioneer of the galvanisation of metal in post-World War I Burgundy, France. Pauchard was a visionary entrepreneur working in the manufacture of sheet metal items for the home. In 1927 he launched Tolix, the brand, branching out into chairs, stools and other metal furniture.

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From left: Replica Tolix Perforated Stool, Replica Tolix Square Dining Table and Replica Tolix Stool available online at zanui.com.au

This exploration of industrial materials came with modernism’s move away from ornamentation and privilege of nineteenth century design. As a key objective the movement sought to make design accessible to the masses. More luxurious materials were superseded in aid of those that facilitated large-scale production.

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Paired with a Scandinavian style wooden dining table and painted white floorboards to stunning effect via theeclecticlife.wordpress.com

Pauchard’s sheet metal chair – the celebrated Modern A Chair – was an instant hit in 1934. Lightweight yet solid, easy to maintain and inexpensive, the Tolix chair not only catered to modernism’s aims but instituted an industrial style that stays at the height of popularity today. The iconic design has been exhibited worldwide, including the Vitra Design Museum (Germany), MOMA (New York City) and the Pompidou Center (France).

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Source from left: via thriftysolutionsforanurbangal.blogspot.com and antiquaireonline.com

Robust and stackable for space-saving, the Tolix collection pairs practicality with dynamic style. From barstools to modern dining tables and dining chairs, this silhouette looks equally at home in the office, at home, or in a café or restaurant or hotel environment.

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Source from left: via bluesuntree.co.uk and ksarahdesigns.typepad.com

Its chic sheet-metal look prospers in environments that layer textures, from polished concrete and upcycled timber and iron framework to luxe knits and cow hides. This versatility explains its relevance in today’s design environments – exuding by turns a rustic, Manhattan loft or de Stijl modernist vibe.

Make a style statement this autumn and take a page out of mid-century modernism.

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.