Hanover, Pennsylvania is home to Snyder’s, Utz, and Emeco (which I blogged about visiting here and wrote about for US Airways magazine). The company releases its newest design at the Milan Furniture Fair this week — it’s the “111 Navy Chair,” a version of the iconic 1944 Navy chair that’s composed of recycled Coke bottles.
The 111 bottles in each chair make up 60% of its content; the other 40% apparently gives the chair as much strength as its original aluminum incarnation. Since 2000, Emeco has been collaborating with designers (Philippe Starck, Frank Gehry, Ettore Sottsass); the partnership with a corporation, and the focus on materials over form, is new.
The chairs are pretty handsome. The color of the one in the top photo is, of course, Coca Cola Red. They’re high and lo, just like Hanover’s Emeco. They’ll fit in at Milan and they make snack-sense alongside Utz chips and Snyder’s pretzels. I’m excited to see one in person when they goes on sale next month at Design Within Reach.
(photo courtesy of Emeco)