Monday, November 15, 2010

The EMECO 111 Navy Chair

This weekend was a great one. We unpacked most of our stuff, got settled into the new apartment in Brooklyn, did a lot of walking, and made it out to Secaucus, NJ to the DWR Annex sale.......which only means one thing. FURNITURE SHOPPING!

We did get the score of all scores, the matching ottoman to our Eames Lounge Chair. It was amazing. Leigh asked the manager if they had one when we first got to the store. They did and he said how does 200 bucks sound. well, plus the additional 20% off! cha-ching! sold.

BUT my favoritest purchase of the day was 2 Emeco 111 Navy Chairs in white. I've always been a big fan of Emeco's original navy chair in aluminum. they will never go out of style and will withstand the test of time. I even have 2 knock offs of them in the stool format, But the 111 chair with its collaboration with Coca-Cola is just a great/cool concept.

From their website:

"When you recycle a plastic bottle, you're doing something good. When you recycle 111 of them, you're doing something great. Help your bottle become something extraordinary again.
Introducing the 111 Navy Chair™

About four years ago, in 2006, Coca-Cola came to us at Emeco with a proposal. Their recycling plant in Spartanburg South Carolina was brand new and processing thousands of plastic bottles a day and they were looking for ways to show the value of recycled plastic. Everywhere else in the world people recycle about 80% of their bottles while in the US we recycled only about 20%.

Coke asked us to make the classic
Navy Chair out of a new, unproven formulation of rPET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate- recycled plastic bottles). They introduced us to the scientists at BASF the international chemical innovator and together we developed proprietary mix made of about 60% and a special combination of pigment combined with glass fiber for strength.

In Coke-Speak, “The goal of the 111 Navy project was to alter consumer behavior by illustrating the value of rPET with beautifully designed and everyday products - ultimately encouraging more
recycling.” "

Go check it out for yourself. And when you come over, you can feel free to rest your lazy ass on either one of these or one of our Bellini-based Alonzo chairs. our the trusty Eames Lounge chair....your call.


Anonymous said...

Are the 111 chairs comfortable? I'm thinking of getting them for my dining table, but wasn't sure since I haven't tried it out in person yet.

theoldepro said...

they actually are very comfortable. We bought 2 of these and 4 of DWR's Alonzo chairs (their repro of the classic Bellini chair) and I must admit that the 111 are far more comfortable, sturdy and supportive.

Anonymous said...

great to know! thanks for responding. they seem like they'd be great for us since they would mix with our wood tables well and hopefully endure the abuse of our 13 mo old twins.