SixE stacking chairs by PearsonLloyd
for HOWE


Milan 2013: London studio PearsonLloyd has designed a range of plastic stacking chairs with colourful metal legs for Danish brand HOWE.

SixE by PearsonLloyd for HOWE

The SixE chairs stack neatly on top of one-another and have thin legs that can be coordinated with the colour of the seat shell or ordered in contrasting shades. Other options include armrests that extend up from the back legs and padded seats are also available in a range of colours.

SixE by PearsonLloyd for HOWE

The chairs were first launched at Orgatec trade fair in Cologne last year and began production with HOWE earlier this year. They will also be exhibited in Milan this April, where Zaha Hadid will launch a system of twisting auditorium chairs for Poltrona Frau Contract and OMA will release a furniture collection for Knoll.

SixE by PearsonLloyd for HOWE

Based in Hackney, PearsonLloyd has also designed workstations for office brand Bene and a collection of rocking toys that we've featured previously.

SixE by PearsonLloyd for HOWE

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Here is some more information from HOWE:

SixE by PearsonLloyd - Manufactured by HOWE

PearsonLloyd has designed a new stacking chair that is uniquely suited to our contemporary society. A thorough market analysis led PearsonLloyd to identify new areas of unfilled need which resulted in the SixE chair. A two year long process led to a design that is as beautifully expressive as it is practical. It’s name SixE represents its credentials: Elegant, Ergonomic, Environmental, Efficient, Easy to handle, and Economic.

SixE by PearsonLloyd for HOWE

SixE is available in many guises – as a side chair, an armchair and with or without an upholstered seat pad. In addition, the SixE family will grow steadily introducing new versions in the near future.

The SixE chair was firstly introduced at the Orgatec fair in Cologne. It will also have a leading role in HOWE’s exhibition “Breathing diversity” at the Milan fair in April.

  • Vicki

    I just don't understand. Why is this better than the countless other plastic chairs littering our streets and waste dumps?

    When will designers ever start being more responsible?

    • Ruben

      Are designers responsible? Yes, but only partly. I think a big responsibility lies on the shoulders of manufacturers as well. It’s their expertise and neck on the line. If they choose not to do business in a social/ecologically responsible way, it’s not the designer’s fault in my opinion.

      • deedee

        It is up to the designer to choose to work for a company that is socially/ecologically responsible or not.

    • Chris

      While I think designers should share a lot of blame for the reckless waste culture we've become, this chair is essentially just polypropylene and aluminium; it's perfectly recyclable.

      • tittly


        It always annoys me when someone questions its validity or worth, but they do nothing about it, besides whine.

        Do something if you feel that strongly against it, instead of whining and telling others what to think.

  • Lambert

    Market opportunity commands this kind of design. Think of all the school chairs popping up lately with big names (Vitra+B&O, Flototo+KGID, Ideo). The money is in educational/institutional furniture. The designer has indeed a choice here.

    Nonetheless, even if there is no human activity in these pictures, this looks like a good product.

  • stefan

    So the right question should be: will manufacturers ever start being more responsible?

  • bonsaiman

    Readers associating plastics with unsound ecological practices in 2013 is jaw dropping. This is not necessarily so and designers can do a lot to improve the production/use/disposal/recycling of objects. For that matter, glass, woods, metals and paper can be as pollutant as plastics.

    Solutions are a matter of actions and policies from designers, producers, governments and consumers alike. Putting the blame of ecological problems on the shoulders of this or that material is naive and demonstrates lack of knowledge about objects and materials systems/cycles in contemporary world, which is a shame for designers and architects alike. Not to mention it is hypocritical.

    Look around and count how few of your belongings are NOT made of plastics. As a design teacher I am well aware of the lack of information about materials and processes in design courses everywhere. People should read more about the subject in order to cope with reality and do better design work, seeing things out of these tiny boxes.