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Jacques Hitier’s “Route” chair

Jacques Hitier Route Chair | Chaise Route de Jacques Hitier | Chair 1950s

Among Jacques Hitier’s chairs, let’s focus in this chapter on one of his most iconic and utilitarian chair: Jacques Hitier Route chair.

On the web, there are other names which are referring more generally to the type of chair:

  • “Pliante” chair

Pliante means collapsible in French. Hence this chair can also be named:

  • collapsible chair (with handle)
  • portable and folding chair (with handle)

Jacques Hitier designs several variations of portable and folding chairs.

  • the “Route” model
  • the “Baccara” model

This page will focus on the “Route” model. Route means road in French.


circa 1952



Portable and folding chair’s background

It is designed to be useful or practical rather than stylish.

Designed first in the 50s, this style is picked up during the 60s with the luxury liner “France” project. It is considered as a break in style because of the elegance as well as the multiple useful functionalities.

The “route” model is the “low-cost” version of the folding chair made by Jacques Hitier.

This model is more comfortable than the other folding chairs at that time.

More information about Jacques Hitier’s collapsible chair from the design expert Pierre Gencey

Jacques Hitier Route chair’s specifications


Enamelled metal structure

Chair seat made of cotton

Soft chairback


  • Width: 44 cm
  • Height: 77 cm
  • Depth: 38 cm
  • Chair seat: 40 cm

Jacques Hitier collapsible chair seen on the web

The “Route” model

The “Baccara” model dates back to the late 40s (circa 1947). It can be considered as the big sister of the “route” model. It is made with more high-end finishes.

Where to buy Jacques Hitier’s Route chair

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