The epitome of French caf¿ life, it's rumored that Xavier Pauchard's Marais Collection (1934) was created for use in the weather forecasting room on a battleship. We asked the manufacturer about this, but even their records are unclear. Still, we do know that after its possible time at sea, the Marais was supplied to bars and brasseries by breweries in exchange for selling their beer. This arrangement ended in the 1970s, but that didn't stop the demand for these durable chairs and stools made in France. Crafted of sheet steel, the Marais Stool is available in two heights, 18" and 30", and in either varnished gunmetal grey or powder coated lemon and vermillion.