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INDUSTRIAL METAL CHAIRS

12 March 2013

Eclectic, mismatched chairs are everywhere - every other modern interior magazine feature shoots of homes with reclaimed church benches, galvanised metal stools, vintage painted wooden armchairs and a Philippe Starck for Kartell Louis Ghost chair (shop at John Lewis) thrown in for good measure.  I particularly like industrial metal chairs and stools, especially Xavier Pauchard's iconic Tolix designs.

multicoloured Tolix industrial metal chairs

Xavier Pauchard was a French furniture designer who revolutionised the use of galvanised metal in furniture and his simple, clean Marais A chair, originally popular in hospitals, factories, bistros and cafes all over France, has inspired hundreds of replicas since its inception in 1934.

It's made from light sheet metal so weighs next to nothing, is robust, stackable and has timeless appeal as the style is just as celebrated now, almost eighty years later. Contemporary furniture site Interior Addict stocks a good range of designer classic reproductions including Xavier Pauchard 'style' Chairs and Foot and Bar Stools at a fraction of the original price.

raw gunmetal Tolix chairs

If the raw silver metal looks a little too minimalistic and austere for your tastes, the glossy powder coated coloured models are a great way to introduce a bright accent colour into a room.

Tolix chairs by French furniture designer Xavier Pauchard

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