(4) Vintage 40/4 Stacking Chairs
The 40/4 is the original compact stackable chair—40 chairs can be stacked in a height of just 4 feet. The enduring popularity of the chair is a confirmation of its adaptability and ageless presentation. It is regarded as the gold standard of stackable chairs for its unparalleled combination of compactness, adaptability, comfort, durability, and elegance. In 2000, it was named first among “The Top 10 Commercial Interior Products of the Past 50 Years” by Contract Design Magazine, which stated that, “It is unsurpassed to this day in engineering, sophistication and production.” Every detail of the 40/4 emanates precision and purpose. It is revered as a modern design classic.
Flexibility and Compactness.
The 40/4 is an indisputable icon of multi-functional design. The design stacks with incredible ease: two people can set up or stow away as many as 500 chairs in just 5 to 10 minutes. Each group of 40 chairs can be linked together in a matter of seconds to form parallel, connected rows and can be stacked together on a rolling dolly for even greater compactness and usability. A single stack of 40/4 side-chairs takes up just 5 square feet of floor space, 4 stacks of 160 chairs takes up just 20 square feet. The chair completely embraces the concept of flexible, multi-purpose spaces, making it possible for rooms both large and small to accommodate all types of events. The 40/4 makes it possible to store a “school room in a closet”— it creates space without taking up space.
The 40/4 affords remarkable comfort for long periods of sitting. Rowland achieved this all-important attribute after extensive research and full-scale experiments to find the form and contour that would best fit the greatest number of people. He employed his original measurement system, the MOD, or Maximum Order Dimensioning system, based on averages of human anatomy, to arrive at the ideal dimensions for his chair.
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