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Designer: David Rowland, American, 1924–2010
Manufacturer: General Fireproofing Company, American

GF 40/4 Stacking Chair

introduced 1963

Chromium-plated steel wire, sheet metal with vinyl coating

29 1/2 × 20 1/8 × 22 in. (74.9 × 51.1 × 55.9 cm)
Yale University Art Gallery
This chair was named the 40/4 because forty chairs could be compactly stacked within four feet. One of the great twentieth-century chair designs, it won the highest design award at the Trienalle Di Milano in 1964 and the AID International Design Award in 1965. In 1988 industrial design historian A. J. Pulos wrote, “The design has yet to be surpassed for economy of manufacture and seating, storing, and ranging effectiveness.”
20th century
Made in Youngstown, Ohio
Not on view

Patricia E. Kane, 300 Years of American Seating Furniture Chairs and Beds from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 291–92, no. 279.

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