Xavier Pauchard is a French boilermaker born on March 8, 1880 in Saint-Léger-sous-Beuvray France. He was celebrated for bringing the art of galvanizing steel to the furniture industry. He’s known worldwide for being the creator of an iconic industrial design. In 1907, Pauchard discovered that he could protect sheet metal from rusting by dipping it in molten zinc, or galvanizing it. They were immediately popular, not just in cafés, where right up until the 1970s they were often given out by breweries in return for the owner stocking their brand, but also in factories, offices and hospitals. Pauchard’s designs have achieved worldwide iconic status you need to include the colourful Tolix a Chair, Tolix Bar Stool and Tolix Side Table. After Pauchard’s death in 1948, his sons took over Tolix and continued to create the same hand-built quality seating to their father’s specifications.