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 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. Whether you opt for the original, or a reproduction at a fraction of the original price, this classic design has real staying power.

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.

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