Repurposed, reclaimed and recycled – Introducing Emeco


1006 Navy Chair

In 1944, in the midst of WWII, a need for a light weight chair to be used on warships was realised.

The chair was to be made of a resilient material to withstand the American navy and the harsh conditions they were subjected to.

And so, the 1006 Navy chair was born.

Forming, welding, grinding, heat-treating, finishing and anodizing became part of the incredible 77 step process needed to create a chair that became the picture of hours of craftmanship, and one which could withstand the elements for 150 years.

After the war, the need for this chair ended. Until 1998, business was slow.

This is when Gregg Buchbinder took over, and partnerships between world renowned designers including Philippe Starck, Jasper Morrison, Norman Foster, Michael Young, Ettore Sottsass, Konstantin Grcic and more, helped Emeco expand its collection of repurposed, reclaimed and recycled chairs.

Along with quality hand-craftsmanship, sustainability became the core of the Emeco brand with the use of natural materials such as wood, cork, concrete and recycled waste.

Undoubtedly the most famous project is the 111 Navy – a chair which came as the result of Coca Cola approaching Emeco with the brief to create a chair made from plastic coke bottles.

Each of the 111 Navy chairs is made up of a minimum 111 PET plastic bottles and so far, Emeco and Coca Cola have saved over 29million bottles from landfill.

Supporting this range, Offiscape brings you a new variety of high-quality, environmentally sustainable chairs for restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels.

For more information about the story behind Emeco, or the products we can now bring to you, contact us on (07) 3839 3800 or email


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