Nendo reimagines the Navy Chair
to create new stool for Emeco

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Milan 2014: American furniture company Emeco has revealed a collection of stools and tables made from recycled and reclaimed materials in collaboration with Nendo (+ slideshow).

Nendo reimagines the Navy Chair to create new stool for Emeco

Called SU, which means simple and plain in Japanese, the collection is being shown at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan this week.

Nendo reimagines the Navy Chair to create new stool for Emeco

The tabletop is made from high-pressure laminate (HPL). The stool seats come in three materials – reclaimed oak, eco-concrete and recycled polyethylene. The legs to the table and stools are made of reclaimed oak or recycled aluminium in natural or with a black anodized finish.

Nendo reimagines the Navy Chair to create new stool for Emeco

Oki Sato from Nendo said he was inspired by the American company's Navy Chair design in making the collection. "The Emeco Navy Chair is "the chair", and has always been inspiring many architects and designers around the world," said Sato.

"After roughly two years, we are proud to present a stool, which is strongly linked with the Navy Chair. It is for us, definitely "the stool"."

Nendo reimagines the Navy Chair to create new stool for Emeco

The reclaimed oak seat has been sourced from old buildings in the US and carved by Amish craftsmen in Pennsylvania. Magnus Breitling, Vice president of product at Emeco said the wormholes in the oak give the seat "character and uniqueness".

"We keep the oak seat untreated to allow the colour to change depending on its exposure to the sun, humidity and above all – usage, thus creating its own history," said Breitling.

Nendo reimagines the Navy Chair to create new stool for Emeco

The eco or 'green concrete' is made from 50 per cent recycled glass bottles and CSA (calcium sulfoaluminate cement), which requires less energy to make.

Nendo reimagines the Navy Chair to create new stool for Emeco

The recycled polyethylene seats are shaped into the SU seat through rotation moulding and come in red, flint grey and dark charcoal grey.

Nendo reimagines the Navy Chair to create new stool for Emeco

The stools and tables will be on show until 13 April at the Emeco stand, Hall 20, E09 in Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan.

Nendo reimagines the Navy Chair to create new stool for Emeco

Here's some more information from Emeco:


Emeco Announces the SU Collection – Stools and Tables Designed in Collaboration With Nendo

SU Collection features the famous Emeco characteristics of design, engineering and strength, built with recycled and reclaimed materials.

Nendo reimagines the Navy Chair to create new stool for Emeco

HANOVER, PA – April 8, 2014 – Emeco today announced that they will launch The SU Collection of stools and tables designed in collaboration with Nendo, at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, Italy, April 8 – 13, at Emeco's Stand Hall 20, E09. The Japanese concept of 'su' comes from traditional Japanese culture, and means simple, plain, minimal. Nendo brought the design aesthetic of 'SU' to the collaboration with Emeco, along with the name, for the Emeco SU Collection.

Nendo reimagines the Navy Chair to create new stool for Emeco

The SU Collection features precise engineering and the use of new, surprising eco-conscious materials. SU has "Emeco bones" the iconic seat of Emeco chairs made since 1944, and is made of reclaimed and recycled materials discovered through ongoing exploration of eco-conscious resources. SU seats come in three new material choices, all of which demonstrate a more environmentally conscious way of doing things, using responsibly selected alternatives of some traditional materials.

Nendo reimagines the Navy Chair to create new stool for Emeco

Solid reclaimed oak seats have been sourced from old architecture in the U.S.A., and carved into the Emeco seat by Amish craftsmen in Pennsylvania. Every piece is unique with signs of its past life. Eco- Concrete seats are made of Green-Concrete, a revolutionary concept that can replace the energy-consuming traditional concrete used in architecture. Emeco's eco-concrete SU seat consists of 50% recycled glass bottles and CSA (calcium sulfoaluminate cement) that takes much less energy to make.

Nendo reimagines the Navy Chair to create new stool for Emeco

Recycled Polyethylene seats, made of 75% postindustrial and 25% post consumer content, and shaped into the SU seat through rotation molding, come in three timeless colour options – red, flint grey and dark charcoal grey. Emeco's traditional material, recycled aluminium is used to make SU legs with either natural or black anodized finish. Reclaimed oak, as used in the seat, is another choice for the legs.

Nendo reimagines the Navy Chair to create new stool for Emeco