Tolix Chair: From Model A to Stool H, find the perfect industrial chair!


Tolix Chair: From Model A to Stool H, find the perfect industrial chair!

It’s the story of a metallic chair recognized worldwide as one of the symbols of the French Industrial Design.

The Model A chair has become an icon of Industrial Aesthetics. It’s unfailing popularity since 1934 has enabled to enter the Collections of the Vitra Design Museum, MOMA and the Pompidou Center. This mythical chair, crafted of steel sheets, has been assured by «its fool-proof solidity, its unequalled lightness and its easy maintenance.

Everything started with the aim to answer to the needs of brewers. They were demanding clients and represented the largest share of the Pauchards’ turnover. The need were huge as In 1930, in France you could find 1 café for 50 people, in 1950 there was still 1 café for 120 people.

“Making space profitable, putting as many drinks as possible on the tables and optimizing the back and forth journeys of the waiters; turning café terraces into profitable business was the challenge of my family” X.Pauchard

Pauchard finds the right answer. The pedestal table’s edged top could accommodate four glasses of beer and their mats, four coffees, plus an ashtray and bill saucer. The cast iron base was hidden under the table; the chairs were stackable and café terraces suddenly became a lot more profitable!

TOLIX was born.

All merit goes to Xavier Pauchard (1880-1948) who was a pioneer of galvanisation in France. Shortly after World War 1, based in Autun, Burgundy, he found himself (a visionary and inventive entrepreneur) in charge of a flourishing manufacture of galvanised sheet-metal domestic items, which at the time, embodied household comfort. It was in 1927 that he registered the trademark TOLIX, at the same time converting to the «production of chairs, armchairs, stools and metal furniture».
The different models (rustproof, robust and stackable) conceived by Xavier Pauchard found their place directly inside factories, offices and hospitals, as well as outside, on cafe terraces and in public parks. Embarked aboard the ship, Normandie, in 1935, these chairs also filled the aisles of the 1937 Exposition Internationale –Arts et Techniques. Furniture for children was created in 1935 under the mark of « La Mouette ». At the end of the 50’s, with the succession of his son, Jean, Tolix and it’s 80 workers produced about 60 000 units annually. This prosperous company remained in the same family until 2004. Then a woman, Chantal Andriot took back the company with the designers François Dingjian et Eloi Chafaï alias Normal Studio to assist her in the artistic direction. Today this enterprise is endowed with the latest technology which accompanies it’s numerous inherited manual processes and equipement.

Tolix Model A

Its first version doesn’t present any stiffener (from 1930). The stiffeners for the feet appear in 1938, the ones for the “palmette”  (back chair) with a shape as a “U” upside down, appear in the 60s. These successive adaptations were used to decrease the cost of the chair. It also had, like all others items, the same reinforcement crosspieceX” under seat. The seating is plain with only 7 little holes. The brand Tolix is embossed on the back of the chair (it appeared very lately) and can attest the original or not, and date the others which don’t have any brand on them.


Fantastic Tolix A Chair with a lovely patina (stripped out)


Gorgeous Vintage Tolix A Chair with great colors!

Tolix Model B 

The “Model B” presents a back more round and the feet are thinner than the A chair. Otherwise it’s the same as the “Model A”.


Beautiful Yellow Tolix B Chair with a perfect patina!

Tolix Armchair “C”

The armchair “C” presents almost all the same characteristics of the “A” chair. But has two simultaneous bending tubes for its armrests. A work still done by craftsmen today. It also has reinforcement on both sides. A lovely stylish look, perfect in every room of you home!


Those Tolix Armchair C are just stunning! Look at this patina!

Tolix Stool “H”

It is a “A” chair without its back technically. It has a stamped basis, convex feet provide with stiffeners (but not in the quite first editions, that it’s thus necessary to hunt for antiques!). As it is stackable, you can buy as much as you need, they won’t take too much space and will look so nice!


Great Tolix Stools H so stackable, no need to hide!

Tolix Model A 56

Jean Pauchard (son of Xavier Pauchard) is the designer of the TolixType A56” chair. Twenty-five of these chairs could be stacked together and still measure less than 2.3 m (7 ft 6 in.) in height. This chair was created in response to remarks made by café owners about the Tolix Model C and D chairs, which they thought were too bulky, reducing the space for tables and resulting in a drop in customers.

”I just added an extra backrest section to the Model A chair, and, as it was 1956, I named it A56”. Jean Pauchard.


Tolix A56 Armchair is really The perfect armchair!

 Tolix Model FT5

The Tolix armchair “Model FT5” is half a chair, half an armchair, the feet are round, like tubes, not like all other types and the seating has small strips instead of being plain. They look really great in a garden!


Fluid lines, just a beautiful armchair is this Tolix FT5!

Tolix Model T4

This one was created in the 40’s. It is straighter than the others and the seat is also with small strips. This model is close to the FT5 armchair, but just in a chair. It looks beautiful in a garden with its original paint, but also great in any contemporary, country home or any interior style when it’s completely stripped out.


Those Tolix T4 would look amazing even in a kitchen!

Tolix Model “D”

The TolixModel D” is the same as the A56 but it has reinforcement on both sides and the sit is plain with 8 little holes in half a circle. It also has two simultaneous bending tubes for its armrests like the Armchair “C”. It gives it a look very strong. It is also heavier than the A56. It would fit perfectly in any interior as a dinning chair or even a desk chair! Buy it now and it will last for ever!


This Tolix D Armchair is fantastic, but couldn’t find any nice vintage pic! If you have one, please send it to me! :-)

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An Icon of Industrial Lighting: the Jielde Lamp

Are you looking for the perfect Vintage Industrial Light?

My favorite one, beyond any doubt, is the Jieldé lamp.

Let me tell you why!

Lightning is essential to create mood and ambience in every room. The Jieldé is the solution to add an instant industrial style update, a touch of urban-chic to your home.

What a wonderful industrial lamp, unique in the world, designed with the ability to twist and turn at the joints without conflict to the wiring, that we can settle and unsettle by ourselves, grow longer, grow shorter, which articulates in all direction, which laughs at vibration, which can revolve indefinitely and absolutely waterproof. It is “indestructible” and is made to last a lifetime. It is not only beautiful, it is highly practical. You can choose it wall mounted, table lamp, floor lamp, pendant light, single or double. With the Jieldé, you can light every room in your home.


A little of its history:

By the end of the 40s, tired of not finding a lamp adapted to his activity of mechanics, the engineer Jean-Louis Domecq, draws one. His daughter Marie-Francoise said that he was always with a pencil in his hand and was working hard, just sleeping three hours per night. He was running all day long. After some trials, the definitive drawing is fixed in April 1950. It perfectly corresponds to the fixed specifications: simple, strong and articulated to adapt itself to all workstations. No more wires! The first specimens were sold to his best friends. They all wanted it!

Because of this brilliant invention, he will spend the years 1951 and 1952 to industrialize the production.

In 1953, he created a company dedicated to the marketing of its lamp, whose initials (pronounced in French) will form the name: JLD / Ji eL Dé.

Since that date, this lamp called “The Standard” by all aficionados, has never stopped being produced and will evolve according to the standards and will adapt sometimes itself to the needs of some specific applications. The success of his lamp didn’t change Jean-louis Domecq at all. He wasn’t conceited. He just settle down in Lyon (3rd Arrondissement) and sold his lamp as spare parts like Meccano toys, by continuing to work on others models very specifics.

In 1970, he had created the “LAC”, now “LAK” and also some sophisticated ones like the hairdresser light, the dentist light, the chiropodist or the waterproof one for working stations in hot and humid areas.

Jean-Louis Domecq will have designed about forty lamps.

The “Standard” is not only a lamp it is a personalised solution! You are not buying a finished product, you’re buying a flexible concept. Each buyer has to choose his spares and build his own lamp.

The colours “Vespa” green (between Russian Green and Laurel Green I would say) and grey were both very popular at that time.


Jean Louis Domecq died in 1983, he will thus not see, in the 1990s, his successors taking “The Standard” out of his purely industrial context. Floor lamp, reading light, wall lamp, quite adorned with glittering colors, “The Standard” became Loft.


Nowadays, the Jieldé lamps are recognized as being icons of the French Industrial Art. You can find them with 1, 2, 3, 4 , 5 and even 6 arms!

They are made in Lyon (France) with the same gestures of former days; and all the components are manufactured in France as well, this is a real “Made In France”. Each one has a different number to remain unique. You can recognize them as they are all wearing a metal sign or a sticker.

You can buy them brand new and you will always have a unique piece, but you can also hunt them for antiques, their beautiful patina will add so much Vintage and Industrial Character to any interior.


If you have a vintage one, here how to date them:

-      From 1950 until 1970 the metal sign is riveted to the wing (using different colors: black, blue and green) the craftsmen were taking in the stock whatever color it was.

-      In the 80s and 90s a black and silver sticker substitutes itself to the original one.

-      From the 1st of march 2008, it is a black and white metal sign which is also riveted.



-      22nd April 1952: trademark registered

-      1983: Marie-Francoise Domecq is the new CEO of the manufacture.

-      30th September 2002: The company is taken over by Philippe Belier

And you: how many arms do you prefer? And where will it stand?

The Jieldé in your kitchen


The Jieldé in your bathroom (the waterproof ones are perfect for that use!)


The Jieldé in your office


The Jieldé in your conservatory or living room


The Jieldé in your bedroom


 For more inspiring ideas of Jieldé lamp, please, have a look at my Pinterest board: Industrial Lighting | Jielde  , you will get full of ideas to steal!

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Vintage Christmas Cards

Vintage Christmas Cards

Nowadays, the new media is helping us contacting our family and friends to wish them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year within seconds. But how impersonal is that! Sending a text to 50 people at the same time!

If you’re just like me a postcards lover, you’re always happy to receive something by the mail. Would you have the idea to print your email or text and hung it in your kitchen?

The Festive Season bring us once in a year, into the mood of making the others very happy, to wish them all the very best for the next new year and to remind them how much we love them. For me, the best way to do it, is definitely to write a few words on a beautiful postcard and give it or send it to our beloved ones.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you and hope you will enjoy those stunning postcards that remind us some happy childhood moments.


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Vintage Christmas: the 15 best Christmas Markets in Europe

The Christmas Market is a place where you can find everything in connection with Christmas. Most of time it is brand new handmade items or you can also find some vintage ones.

The first tracks of Christmas markets go back to the XIVth century in Germany, under the name of « Saint Nicholas’ Market». The first document telling a Christmas market is dated from 1434 under Frédéric II de Saxe’s reign, evoking one « Striezelmarkt » (protestant reform), which took place at Dresde the Monday before Christmas. Later, the reformation immortalized the tradition by renaming it “Christkindlmarkt” (the Child Christ’ market) to fight against cult of the saints. The Christmas market of Strasbourg dates from 1570, and the one of Nuremberg from1628.


An important revival, considered as commercial, took place in the middle of 1990s. Numerous cities in Europe established their own Christmas market with chalets and sometimes attractions (short-lived ice rink, big wheel).

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Vintage Christmas Nativity Scene and French Santons

Why do we have a Nativity Scene?

According to the Gospel, based on the account of Saint Luc, Jesus was born in a cowshed, more exactly in a manger.  It exists two older representations of the Gospel which are known, date of the 4th century. The first one consists of a mural painting with a death chamber of a Christian family lived, around 380, which was discovered in the Saint Sebastian catacombs, in Rome. The other representation makes reference to a scene painted on a sarcophagus of the Saint Maximin basilica, representing the worship of the baby Jesus by the Three Wise Men.


From the 4th Century, the Christmas Celebration is celebrated: In the Holy church Mary of the Incarnation of Jesus, today “Sainte Marie Majeure” in Rome. We know that a celebration of Christmas is commemorated during the night of December 25th since the 4th century. Indeed, the date of December 25th was fixed as date of divine child’s birth in the 4th century. The debates, which brought this decision, allowed developing a religious practice around this event. From the 4th Century, the former papers report that the celebration of the Christmas Eve took place in Sainte Marie of Rome around the nativity scene.

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Vintage Christmas Outdoor Decoration

Creating a beautiful first impression. Wow your guests with these Vintage Christmas porch decorations.

Glam up your front door with some Vintage ice-skating and lantern decoration.

Vintage wooden sledge, wooden skis or snowshoes will ensure that your front door stands out from your neighbours.

You can add some Christmas tree branches and cone pines, and a nice red or natural ribbon, all will cheer up your porch or garden.

Have a look at those examples:



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Vintage Christmas Gift Wrapping Paper

The Christmas season is really on. Now that we have the Christmas Tree and the table decoration, let’s give our presents some Vintage feelings.

We all love presents and for me, it is really important to offer something that look nice, whatever is inside, the gift itself has to be beautiful, what a great pleasure when your family and friends will say wouahhh this gift is stunning! It is so great to make people happy, so this is the time to make some effort and be creative again!

I love this old Vintage tin used as a gift box, with just a lovely ribbon and baubles, so simple, just beautiful!


If you know very well the person, maybe you can more personalized the present you’re going to offer her. Let’s take an example with someone who loves the mountains, why not trying to find a Vintage postcard or picture about mountains and just add it on the top of your present. What a fantastic unusual gift! You have a Comics lover, buy on ebay a Vintage Comics, copy it and wrap his present with it!

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Vintage Christmas Table Decorations

You have a beautiful Vintage Christmas Tree, now get dressed the table!

Hiding in a cupboard, you probably have lots of vintage crockery, it’s time to take them out and use them as display with branches, cone pines, red berries branches or holly and poinsettia garlands. Of course you can use lots of other different vintage items, such as kitchenalia items: have a look at those vintage moulds and see what you can do with them!


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Vintage Christmas Tree Lights: what can we find? And where?

The best way to add a real Vintage look to your Christmas tree is to find a Vintage Light!

It is from 1880 that we start to see the first electric bulbs in the United States.

vintage christmas lights santa

One of the most famous brand for Christmas Lights since that time was probably Noma’s company.

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