The SURPIL story, and that of the “Stackable Furniture Company” is first and foremost that of a french inventor, Julien-Henri Porché, who, starting in 1927 turned his attention to designing furniture made entirely from metal for use in public space (restaurant terraces, cafés and other public areas). He made his mark on French design of the period by creating chairs that were both functional and yet bestowed with a line that was graceful and light through the use of two tubes which were used to form the seat and the back. It is this feature that makes each piece appear light, while at the same time ensuring its underlying strength. Some of the SURPIL chairs were used by other designers of the period, as the inclusion of a special insert on SURPIL furniture that were displayed on the designer Gabriel Jouvin’s stand in the Autumn fair in Paris in the 1929 publication “Metal Furniture” edited by the architect Pierre Pinsard attests. Their inclusion alongside the work of avant-garde designers of the time like Le Corbusier, Louis Sognot, Rene Herbst, Robert Mallet-Stevens or Marcel Breuer is evidence of their importance at the time.