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IMM 2020 | Emeco

Here today - Here Tomorrow - 75th Anniversary of the 1006 Navy Chair

Introducing three new additions to the Navy Collection : The Navy Wood Chair, 111 111 Navy Mini and The Navy Officer Collection by Jasper Morrison

Emeco’s 111 Navy Chair - 10 years of turning wasteful into hopeful

In 2010, Coca-Cola and Emeco collaborated to solve an environmental problem: Up-cycling consumer waste into a sustainable, timeless, classic chair. Made of at least 111 waste plastic bottles, the 111 Navy Chair® is a story of innovation. Every year, the 111 Navy collection keeps over 5 million bottles out of landfills and oceans.

Beyond Recycling

Plastic bottles can only be recycled a limited number of times. Unlike traditional recycling, up-cycling is the idea of turning waste into products of long-lasting value. The 111 Navy Chair® keeps plastic bottles out of the waste stream – the opposite of disposable.  

Emeco introduces the Navy Wood Chair – a solid addition.

Emeco introduces the Navy Wood Chair – a much anticipated solid wood edition of our classic aluminum 1006 Navy Chair. 

To coincide with the original Navy Chair’s 75th anniversary, this addition to the family brings a new expression in a highly appreciated natural material.

With its smooth touch and feeling of warmth, the Navy Wood Chair comes in three finishes; White Oak, Black-Stained Oak and Walnut - all locally sourced from sustainably managed forests and crafted in collaboration with our Amish wood crafting neighbors in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Emeco introduces “On & On”  - A collection of Chairs and Stools Designed by Barber & Osgerby

Emeco and Barber & Osgerby introduce “On & On”, a collection of chairs and stools that breaks new ground with a circular way of thinking, combining longevity of design, durability, and the use of recycled materials that can be recycled – on and on. 

The starting point for our collaboration was the next generation of a simple and timeless café chair, engineered for strength and designed specifically with recycling in mind. Together, Emeco and Barber & Osgerby have created a collection of chairs and stools that are physically and visually lightweight, yet extremely strong and durable, making them suitable for both demanding commercial environments and domestic use, indoors and out. 

Emeco first used recycled PET (“rPET”) to make the 111 Navy Chair in 2010. Since then, we have continued to engineer and improve the material for even greater longevity and durability. The On & On chairs and stools are made of 70% rPET - waste plastic bottles that would otherwise end up in the landfill, 10% non-toxic pigment, and 20% glass fiber for strength. With closed loop recycling as the ultimate goal, Emeco is currently working on a chair-to-chair program where customers can return old chairs, and we use the material to make their new chairs - all made & remade in America.

The On and On collection is offered in a variety of seat materials, for different settings and purposes. The rPET seat versions – matching the chair and stool frames – are available in six crisp, timeless colors suitable for both indoor and outdoor spaces. Plywood seats in oak or ash, and upholstered seats, offer a different appeal for interiors. The stools are available in two heights – bar stool height and counter height, and the chairs stack 6 high.