The iconic 1940s metal chair, re-imagined with comfort in mind.
Originally designed in 1944 specially for the U.S. Navy, the Emeco Navy Chair quickly became a design icon. The company developed several versions, including collections created in collaboration with celebrated Italian designer Ettore Sottsass, who was the first designer or architect to bring the industrial, utilitarian piece of furniture into high-end interiors. Over the years, Emeco has also launched creative takes on the classic aluminum chair, including a wooden version. For the Navy Officer collection, the brand brought award-winning designer Jasper Morrison on board. The new series re-imagines the classic aluminum chair with soft upholstery that enhances comfort.
“I’m more and more interested in working towards designs which take part in everyday life as naturally as possible,” says Jasper Morrison. The Navy Officer range keeps the instantly recognizable silhouette of the original as well as Emeco’s signature recycled aluminum build with a hand-brushed finish. Both the seat and the backrest boast foam padding and high-quality textile upholstery, either Kvadrat or Maharam. The line comprises four designs: a side chair, an armchair, a swivel chair, and a swivel armchair.
While the side chair and armchair are ideal for dining rooms and lounge areas, the swivel chairs suit home offices and work spaces perfectly. They feature 5-star bases with casters as well as a convenient seat height adjustment mechanism. Every chair comes with soft plastic glides that protect flooring from scratches. Crafted in the US from recycled aluminum, the Navy Officer chairs feature a hand-brushed finish with an elegant texture. Customers can choose between various upholstery colors that rage from mustard yellow to a more subdued light blue. Emeco also offers other textiles by request and can even produce a bespoke chair with the customer’s textile or leather. Photographs© Emeco.