Friday, April 9, 2010

Cool Find of the Week: Emeco's 111 Navy Chair

Hanover, PA manufacturer Emeco is world famous for making the best handmade aluminum seating money can buy. You've probably seen their iconic Navy chair in movies, at restaurants, or at high end design shops. But they have so many other options, from office chairs to bar stools. Check out their website for their whole line.

Emeco has remained sustainable for their lifetime by using 80% recycled aluminum for their products. But now they're branching out.

Starting in June, Emeco will start production of their 111 Navy Chair. Aluminum takes a seat, and in its stead, plastic, provided by approximately 111 Coke bottles is used to make a warmer, more colorful plastic version of their classic Navy Chair. Not only this, but the 111 version will also be more affordable.

111 Coca Cola Pet Bottles Navy Chair

The official text from Emeco:

"After four years of work, we have created a new Navy Chair made of 111 recycled plastic PET bottles (about 65% post consumer content). We designed The 111 Navy Chair to have the attributes of the original aluminum version – super strong, durable and comfortable, but now its also warm, colorful and about half the price of the aluminum one (195₤). We expect to use about 3,000,000 plastic beverage bottles each year in production, which will start in June."

 Emeco's 111 Coca Cola Pet Bottles Navy Chair

Now what would be cooler yet, if Emeco offered a further discount to purchasers who actually provide their 111 bottles, and then turn them into a chair. Kind of like what they did for their Cash for Clunkers program.

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