Over a century of industrial history…
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…
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Metal and wood models are developed.
A 1960s design thermoformed beech wood seat replaces the metal seat. It is an immediate success.
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!
Jérôme LEPERT, an industrial archaeologist, discovers the manufacturing tools and moulds left abandoned.
He decides to save them from destruction.
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.
Metal and Loom models have been launched!
The LLOYD LOOM fibre baptised in 1917 by its American inventor,
MARSHALL BURNS LLOYD, is more robust, more supple
and more comfortable than rattan.
It is made of KRAFT paper wrapped around a galvanised iron wire,
woven then varnished.
It now adorns the seats of Nicolle® chairs!