History

Over a century of industrial history...    

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From 1913

Founded in 1913 near Paris,  the NICOLLE® factory forges and stamps metal disks.

For his staff's needs, Paul-Henry NICOLLE designs and manufactures a functional stool to which he adds an elegant metal backrest...

1933

Paul-Henry NICOLLE decides to market his seat production to neighbouring factories then very rapidly to factories throughout France. It is the start of an amazing industrial adventure.

Three feet, a spot-welded circular seat and the backrest that quickly becomes known as the "whale tail".

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1936

NICOLLE® chairs and stools now have 4 feet to meet the new safety standards.

They are available in several seat heights: from 40 to 80cm.

1946

The "swivel" version is created.

With endless screw seat-height adjustment... and the emblematic and very ergonomic

"whale tail" backrest that would sign its success.

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1954

NICOLLE® Establishments are sold to Fichet-Bauche which refocuses the company on safe manufacturing.

Mr FELIX, then workshop manager, decides to found his own company to continue to manufacture the famous chairs.

He buys the production tools and installs his company in Neuilly-Plaisance.

Production is in full swing.

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1960

Metal and wood models are developed.

A 1960s design thermoformed beech wood seat replaces the metal seat. It is an immediate success.

1999

After 86 years existence, workplace regulations are too much for NICOLLE® seats.

5 feet are now needed to work at a machine.

Sales erode and production is stopped!

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2004

Jérôme LEPERT,  an industrial archaeologist, discovers the manufacturing tools and moulds left abandoned.

He decides to save them from destruction.

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2009

Production is re-launched. The presses and tools are restored whilst rigorously respecting the traditional techniques.

The NICOLLE® name and all its models are registered throughout the world.

The authentic Nicolle® Chair since 1933, All rights reserved.