Reinventing a Classic: One Tolix Chair, Multiple Ways

Reinventing a Classic: One Tolix Chair, Multiple Ways

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Nancy Mitchell
Apr 9, 2016
(Image credit: Tolix)

If you haven't heard of the Tolix A chair, you've definitely seen it: at a restaurant, in a design magazine, in your cool friend's backyard. These galvanized sheet-metal chairs, which have inspired countless knockoffs, have been produced by the French company for 80 years. In celebration of the design's anniversary, they invited eight different designers to create their own unique spin on the classic. Let's see what they came up with.

Above: Inspired by a painted wood chair she bought at a flea market when she was 17, designer Julie Richoz painted her Tolix chair in a variety of bright colors. I love how the colors respect the classic shape but also take the chair, which on its own has a no-nonsense, industrial vibe, to a more decorative and playful place.

(Image credit: Tolix)
(Image credit: Tolix)

Sebastian Herkner started with the perforated version of the chair and wove tiny, colorful leather laces through the tiny holes, creating a fascinating piece that's equal parts industrial product and handcraft. From a distance the chair almost seems jeweled: close up, it is colorful and fascinatingly intricate. This could be a fun DIY project for someone who is very, very patient.

(Image credit: Tolix)

Lex Pott created a Tolix chair from various metals, like steel, copper, and brass, and then oxidized them (as a stand-in for the slow ravages of time) to reveal different, intriguing patinas. In the case of the other two chairs, the ornament is applied: here, it's part of the metal itself.

These are just three of the eight designs created — you can go to the Tolix website to see them all.

via Sight Unseen

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