This week Achica re-launched their retro industrial edit but have gone the extra mile adding some interesting illuminated wall signs in their collection. Industrial chic has had a fantastic come back and is no longer limited to cool warehouse lofts with endless ceilings and exposed walls. Industrial decor mixes well with some antique furniture as well as with mid-century accents.
A bit of a history lesson here. Thinking of industrial style furniture? Then you will definitely recognise the Tolix chair. The Model A chair shown below has become an icon of industrial esthetics. It’s unfailing popularity since 1934 has enabled it to enter the Collections of the Vitra Design Museum, MOMA and the Pompidou Center. This mythical chair, crafted of sheet metal, has been assured by «it’s fool-proof solidity, it’s unequalled lightness, it’s easy maintenance» advantages of which can be included «inexpensive». 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 domesic 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 furnitures».
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. Read more here.
Some industrial style inspiration. This eclectic style is all about mix and match!
Now let's have a look at Achica's industrial pieces that can combined from their wider product collection.
Coffe table on wheels, RRP £225, Achica £145
Metal dining and accent chairs are an excellent alternative to conventional wood seating. In addition to offering a different texture to your space, steel and aluminum furnishings can help alleviate the pressure to match wood tones. Whether you prefer a distressed rustic finish or a shiny powdercoat, these classic metal chairs will give a warm industrial touch to your space.
Factory chairs in antique black, RRP £92, Achica £59
Factory chair in dark brown with elm seat, RRP £129, Achica £85
Illuminated wall sign, RRP 85, Achica £55
Make a statement in the dining room or kitchen with the industrial-chic Weston dining table by Safavieh. Crafted by metal artisans of iron in a dark antique silver finish, each table is unique and detailed with round corner patch reinforcements. Dimensions: H76.2 x W121 x D71cm
Weston table, RRP £579, Achica £319
Metal/wooden table, RRP £325, Achica £225
Combine a few of these in a cluster to make a statement pendant
Ceiling lamp, RRP £39, Achica £29
The Antique Wood and Zinc Drawer Unit is a fabulous example of modern and traditional styles combined. The contrasting materials allow this piece to work in a contemporary or shabby chic interior. Featuring four handy drawers, the Drawer Unit is perfect for holding living accessories in the living room or stationery in the home office. It also has a wheel structured base allowing for easy manoeuvrability. Dimensions: H74 x W40 x D40cm.
Dresser with Wheels, Wood/Antique Zinc RRP £290, Achica £149
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