Emeco Navy Chair
The Navy Chair – raw functional design, stealth luxury at its best and yours in 80% recycled aluminum for around £440.This simple metal chair was originally produced for the US Navy in 1944 as a practical and indestructible piece of furniture.
Made by Emeco, the aluminum chair is hand welded and hand brushed for a warm, uniform finish. The chair’s weld lines are natural and always visible adding to the character of this historic chair. They range from very light to slightly darker than the adjoining surface. This is French designer Jean-Marie Massaud’s favorite chair, who describes it as a glamorous masterpiece.
Emeco’s company slogan is:
“We make chairs. That’s what we do.
Handmade from 80% recycled Aluminum.
It’s not easy. In fact it takes 77 steps to get there.
Designed to last for 150 years.
Now that’s what we call sustainability.”
Their recent collaboration with Coca Cola to produce the 111 Navy Chair – made from 111 recycled plastic Coke bottles takes the vision of the iconic Navy chair forwards.
The question remains would you buy one in a bold primary colour or go for the raw metal finish??
Kandya Jason chair
Top of my hit list for furniture at the moment, is a Jason chair by Kandya. Made in the 1950′s its hard to find a good example for a ‘reasonable’ price. Formed out of one piece of plywood (the seat anyway) and found on either wooden legs or metal. If you have one for sale get in touch!
Jason chair on metal legs
- The above chair is now for sale – get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested!
The history of the British manufactured Kandya is best described by the V&A:
From the early 1950s progressive British taste fell under the sway of Danish design. The Jason chair was designed by a Danish designer Carl Jacobs but was manufactured by Kandya, a British firm. The lightweight, stackable, chair has gently tapering splayed wooden legs that are typical of Danish design of the period. The seat and back of the chair are folded from a single sheet of flexible plywood that wraps around the chair and joins below the seat in an expressive, though functionless, jigsaw puzzle type connection. In America the Eames and Eero Saarinen were experimenting with moulding single-piece chair seats and backs, but it required far simpler technology to bend plywood to achieve the same effect, as with this chair. Principally designed for domestic use, the Jason chair was in continuous production for almost twenty years, with metal legs as an option. In 1952 three hundred were installed in the South Bank Restaurant on the site of the Festival of Britain.
Another installment from the fabled Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia:
A tattoo from a convict sentenced for hooliganism under Article 206 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR. He stole three packets of cigarettes and some sweets from the lockers of his fellow inmates. He was discovered and beaten up. It was decided by a group of ‘authoritative’ thieves that this tattoo should be forcibly applied as a punishment.
Watched this again over the weekend.. what a fight!
Eames RAR Rocker Chair
Designed by Charles & Ray Eames in 1950, this plastic armchair was first presented as part of the famed New York Museum of Modern Art competition, “Low Cost Furniture Design”. The organically shaped seat shells are made of fibreglass-reinforced plastic and were later combined with various different bases.
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