Emeco's 111 Navy Chair
The tale of the Emeco's 111 Navy chair is that of a phoenix rising. In 1944, the Hanover, Pennsylvania-based company began producing the original 1006 Navy chair. But despite supplying these chairs—the first to be made from 80 percent recycled aluminum—for use in virtually every U.S. Navy application that required sitting, the company was on the brink of collapse by the late 1990's. While on his way to shutter Emeco, owner Gregg Buchbinder had a startling revelation upon reviewing records: Architects Frank Gehry and Norman Foster had long been ordering chairs directly from the factory. Inspired, Buchbinder revived Emeco with a series of striking new designs, including those from Gerhy and Foster.
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Modeled on the classic Emeco 1006 Navy chair of 1944, but made from 111 recycled plastic bottles, the 111 Navy chair marries iconic form with a highly progressive brand of manufacturing. Made of rPET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate, essentially plastic bottles) and a mixture of pigment and glass fibers, the 111 Navy chair is strong, light, and comes in six colors. Recycling has always been in Emeco’s DNA: the original 1006 was to be made with 80% recycled aluminum. It's fitting that over a half-century later they're still turning out great, eco-minded design.
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