Ettore Sottsass and Christopher Redfern's designs for the Nine-0 Collection reimagine the classic all-aluminum Navy Chair that was built for submarines in WWII and has been manufactured by Emeco since 1944. Ettore's lifelong fascination with the Navy Chair began when he first discovered the all aluminum chair in 1956. Enthralled with its pleasing simplicity, Ettore was the first designer who took the Navy Chair out of its typical environments - navy ships, prisons, hospitals- and employed them in contemporary interior design projects. Through him, Sir Terence Conran, Frank Gehry and Philippe Starck, 1944 also grew enchanted with the Emeco chair which helped create a resurgence for Emeco in the 1990's. It was only natural that when Emeco chairman Gregg Buchbinder met up with Ettore Sottsass at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, a powerful collaboration would be formalized. "The minute we met, Ettore told me he was an admirer of the Navy Chair and in fact wished he had designed it. And we agreed, why not re-design it?" remembers Mr. Buchbinder.
|Style: Industrial||Back Style: Mission back|
|Base Style: 4 Legs||Seat/Cushion Color: 1: Black|
|Seat/Cushion Color: 2: Blue||Seat/Cushion Color: 3: Green|
|Seat/Cushion Color: 4: Orange||Seat/Cushion Color: 5: Red|
|Frame Material: Aluminum||Arms Included: No|
|Stackable: Yes||Country of Manufacture: United States|
Questions & Answers
Emeco (The Electric Machine and Equipment Co.) was founded in 1944 by Wilton C. Dinges. Emeco's manufacturing process is the result of a collaboration with ALCOA to develop a seaworthy chair for military use. ALCOA's scientists and Navy engineers consulted with Emeco to produce the chairs in the Hanover, PA workshops and they're still made there today. Emeco's founder, Wilton C. Dinges, was a master tool and die maker, with an engineering background. His engineering ability was complemented by an appreciation for sculpture, specifically Rodin. He portrayed these two passions in an advertising campaign which expressed his original vision: the Emeco chair as a one piece sculptured masterwork. Today Emeco is led by CEO Gregg Buchbinder who sums up their vision as: design plus craftsmanship.