The Nine-0 collection of aluminum chairs is the result of an unlikely collaboration between a company known for its institutional furnishings and a design icon revered for his artistic style. The results are simply stunning – a line of sleek, understated chairs that combine form and function so perfectly that you never question their industrial elegance while you enjoy their comfort and grace.
Emeco introduced the Nine-0 collection at the 2008 Salon Internationale del Mobile in April. Designed by Italian designer Ettore Sottsass, it’s a new interpretation of the classic aluminum Navy chair with updated lines. Each chair is made of 80% recycled materials and will last at least 150 years, making them some of the most sustainable chairs available.
Sottsass first saw the Navy chair in the 1950’s and fell in love with its utilitarian design. It was a strictly functional piece designed for use in submarines that soon appeared in hospitals and prisons everywhere. But Sottsass elevated the Navy chair from institutional to upper echelon by incorporating it into home designs, even putting several in his Milan home. Soon designers around the world were using Emeco’s sleek aluminum chairs.
In 1998, the owner of Emeco met Sottsass and suggested he update the design of the Navy chair and collaboration was born. He and Christopher Redfern, his design partner, worked with Emeco to create a line that includes a swivel armchair, swivel chair, bar stool, counter stool, stacking armchair and stacking chair.
Each is available in brushed or polished aluminum and comes upholstered in Valentine red, apple green, construction orange, sky blue or anthracite gray. In December of 2007, Ettore Sottsass passed away at 90, leaving behind the Nine-0 Collection as tribute to his appreciation for raw industrial design’s enduring beauty.
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