Client: Howe

Sector: Furniture

Commission: 2011

Launch: 2012

Danish furniture company Howe approached PearsonLloyd in 2011 to develop a new product to complement its renowned 40/4 chair, designed in the 1950s by David Rowland.

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While the market for plastic shell chairs is reaching saturation, few competitively priced chairs are satisfying high design standards. The majority of products in the market are badly engineered, and demonstrate poor use of materials, ergonomic performance, life expectancy and flexibility.

PearsonLloyd’s response, the SixE chair, might look super simple, but a huge amount of thought went into every element of its production. For starters, its robust shell is made of pure polypropylene, unlike most plastic chairs, making it completely recyclable. It uses the minimum amount of material possible, and collectively the chairs stack tight to take up little space during transport. The edge of the chair curls downwards to conceal the stacking elements, and decrease pressure points on the thighs; accompanied by the flexibility of the plastic, this makes the chair very comfortable to sit in. Its soft design takes into account the less formal working practices of a modern office, and the patterned texture on the back of the chair has a tactile quality, besides making the chair harder to copy and (perhaps surprisingly) easier to wipe clean; a result of the studio’s research during the design bugs out project.