For the first round anniversary of the successful wooden chair 404, designer Stefan Diez and Thonet decided to make several adjustments – even 10 years after its market launch, the chair, which is already considered an icon, was to stay on the pulse of the times. Therefore, the slender 404, the slightly wider chair version 404 F, and the barstool 404 H are now made of oak wood instead of beech. The natural wood structure and attractive haptic of the surface, which provide the chair with a fresh and, at the same time, cosy touch, convinced the designer, who is known for his intensive work with materials. The colour range was also adjusted: In addition to the natural oak version, six stain shades – some of them more discrete, some brightly colourful – are now available. The incline of the backrest, which is now formed three-dimensionally, was ergonomically improved, making the chairs even more comfortable.
The selection of the Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, which will add the chair 404 including the entire process of its creation and prototypes, mock-ups, and a disassembled version of the chair to its collection in September 2018, confirms that the relatively young design can already be considered a classic.
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