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David Rowland's ambition was to redefine the chair design - make a chair which could be viewed as a piece of sculptural architecture, possess extreme functionality, and have mass appeal.

David Rowland’s 40/4 chair is arguably the most significant chair design of the past 50 years. Over 8 million chairs have been sold since its introduction in 1964.
Honoured with numerous design awards, and exhibited in several museums all over the world, the 40/4 chair is widely appealing. Whether you go for its excellent ergonomic features, its graceful lines and durability or its unique space-saving attributes, there are at least 40 good reasons to choose this design icon.

Renowned for its unsurpassed stacking and handling characteristics combined with its elegant and spare aesthetic, 40/4 is rightly a great favourite of specifying architects and designers.

With seats and backs in polyamide, finely crafted wood veneer or as upholstered version, 40/4 does great service across the board in schools, universities, churches and cathedrals, as well as in corporate offices, conference centres and training establishments.

40/4 is also available in armchair, barstool, lounge chair, swivel chair, outdoor variations, and with wood frame.


  • Dimensions | W 485 x D 533 x H 765mm SH456mm
  • Plastic Finishes | Howe Grey, Ayers rock red, Black, Blue eyes, Coconut, Mandarin, Apple, Olive Green and Marine Blue
  • Base Finishes | 11mm solid steel rod  Finish Howe Grey, Black, White, Alu Grey or Chrome

Brand: Howe

Designer: David Rowland

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