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.
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.
Jacques Hitier Route chair’s specifications
Enamelled metal structure
Chair seat made of cotton
- 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.