40/4 stack chair by David Rowland


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Simple, stackable, remarkable
David Rowland’s 40/4 stackable chair is one of the most important designs of the 20th century. Its elegant lines, excellent ergonomics, and unsurpassed ability to create space without taking up space continues to attract architects and designers.
An indisputable icon of multifunctional design, the 40/4 chair is featured in design collections and museums all over the world.
Since its launch in 1964, the chair has never been out of production. More than 8 million have been sold.

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Why it's called the 40/4 chair
The 40/4 is available as a stackable side chair, armchair or row of chairs, and in a variety of finishes and fabrics. Up to 40 chairs stack quickly and neatly to a height of just 4 feet, which is why the model is called the 40/4.

Key references

Le Grand Louvre, France
St. Paul's Cathedral, UK
Reichstag Berlin, Germany
White House, USA
Nouvel Opéra, France
The British Museum, UK
Radwick Racecourse, Australia
St. Barnabys Church, Australia
Das Bauhaus, Germany
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Google, USA
Copenhagen Municipality, Denmark

David Rowland

Designer David Rowland studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, the school that helped train Charles and Ray Eames, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia and Eero Saarinen. Early in his career, Rowland worked under Lazlo Moholy-Nagy as well as Norman Bel Geddes.

In the process of taking the 40/4 beyond the prototype stage, the road was paved with all sorts of stumbling blocks. Due to his passion and relentless determination, Rowland made his vision a reality in 1964 with its initial launch and has remained in production ever since. Over eight million 40/4 chairs have been sold to date, proof that you need a brilliant idea to create a timeless design. But you also need to believe in it, to produce it.

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