Design classics – Emeco Navy Chair
The chair was originally created for the destroyers of the US Navy with the first one made in the 1940′s during Word War II. With a brief to design a chair that could survive a torpedo hit on the destroyer it’s good to know they are still around nearly 70 years later! The strong construction and the curves in the seat make the Navy chair both highly durable and extremely comfortable.
The chairs are still manufactured using a process that has not changed since the first one was made. The chair starts as twelve individual parts that are welded together and then ground and finished to create the seamless look. These are chairs manufactured to last with a life expectancy of 150 years and they come with a lifetime guarantee. The original chairs are available with either a brushed or polished finish.
In 2006 a collaboration between Emeco and Coca Cola resulted in the Emeco 111 Navy Chair. The new chair is manufactured from 111 recycled plastic bottles. Designed to encourage recycling the programme aims to recycle over 3 million bottles a year to make chairs.
The red, snow and flint grey versions of the new chair are suitable for outdoor use and the red one would add a great splash of colour to any exterior. The new versions have a velvet-like finish and are scratch resistant.
With the longevity of the original chair teamed with the environment elements of the new version the Navy Chair deserves its place in our Design classic series. Now you just have to choose which finish and colour you’d like?