The Emeco Chair

In 1944, Witton C. Dinges, collaborated with Alcoa experts to design the first Emeco Navy Chair, for use on submarines as 'war ship ready' furniture. This eye-pleasing, durable and lightweight chair caught the attention of many famous architects and designers over the years, including Frank Gehry and Norman Foster. Over 70 years later, this iconic chair is still being made with the same 77 step design process.

My favorite reincarnation of the original, however, is the collaboration between Emeco and Atlanta based company, Coca-Cola, which sought to alleviate the burden of excess consumer waste. 

As the Emeco Navy chairs are made with 80% recycled aluminum, this particular version is made with recycled Coca Cola bottles. This chair debuted in Milan in 2010 and received rave reviews. It's cheaper than its original counterpart (find here for $260) and is named The Emeco 111 as each chair is made from 111 recycled Coca Cola bottles. 

An impressive 20,000 recycled bottles are sent to New United Resource Recovery Corporation in Spartanburg, South Carolina each weekday to be sorted, ground, wet and dry washed, then sorted by color. After much processing and rendering, 13 pounds of plastic pellets are melted down and injected into each chair mold. Next, the chairs are hollowed out via gas injection, then tempered and cooled. 

The chairs then head to Bemis Manufacturing in Lenoir, North Carolina and BASF in Chattanooga, Tennessee for all the final tweaking and coloring. As stated on, "This final laying on of hands, labor intensive though it may be, is the hallmark of Emeco's Navy Chair legacy." 

Each 111 Navy Chair is just like the aluminum original, even including the faux weld points on the backside. I love that this beauty is made in the South with a sincere care for integrity and quality. Find your very own Emeco 111 Navy Chair, which I dare say will never go out of style, here. 

And for those seeking options, the 111 also comes in five colors, including Green Grass and Persimmon Orange. Dreamy...


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Chester's Before and After

My friend Chester is an incredibly gifted artist. He's most known for his metal work where he incorporates unusual materials to create functional home furnishings and accessories. He recently showed me a 975 square foot apartment he and his partner, Steven bought in Atlanta which he planned to renovate and then sell. First he showed me the before, then 5 weeks later...the after. 

For the main living area, Chester refinished the hardware floors, added lighting and a coat of warm-toned white paint. He also closed off the doorway to the right in lieu of a very appealing clarestory that allowed more room for furniture and artwork and added instant charm.  

Chester has created all manner of art through the years. For this installation, named "Letters Never Sent," the idea was based on regrets over not sending a letter. He used vellum paper as he loved the texture and how it wrinkled. Copper wire finished off each one and each letter is different than the next. The repetition is pleasing to the eye and just shows that great art doesn't have to be complex or costly. Chester adds, "I like the nuances and I especially like how all the shadows are different at night." 

Alex is one of my favorite pugs and he decided to join us for the photo shoot in exchange for treats. As he kept his eye on Chester, I took notice of the long, pretty curtains in the apartment, which are actually painter's drop cloths from Home Depot. They have a great texture and look like linen. To tie each curtain back, Chester used a metal braided oversleeve, a type of material that's used in hydrolics on airplanes. When I asked him where he found it, he just smiled. Chester likes to keep a few tricks up his sleeve...

Chester used to be a prop stylist of sorts and it shows. Every square foot of this place is a thoughtful mix of well placed items- from the pricey and economical, to the vintage or new. The worn suitcases above were handed down from his great aunt. 

What a difference darker cabinets can make. Chester added some much needed contrast to the kitchen by refinishing the cabinetry and installing new hardware, via Ikea. This one change created a huge transformation and gave the space a more modern feel. Chester redid the cabinets himself via an innovative do-it-yourself cabinet refinishing system called Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations. It was a three step process that included deglossing, paint and a topcoat. 

These silver chairs are anything but ordinary. Steven and Chester scored these gorgeous and indestructible Emeco chairs, designed originally for the US Marines, at a yard sale for $10. (they normally sell for $440 a piece!) And this long, intricate rug was found in Albuquerque, New Mexico, comprised of pieces of antique cloth. 

Closing off that doorway really did wonders and I love the large sliding door, which Chester smartly kept in place. 

Again, by changing the cabinet color in the bathroom, a transformation is quickly made. Hardware and fixtures were found via Ikea. What would we do without Ikea? 

One way to brighten up and transform a space is to paint it white, which Chester did to the entrance walls and floor. An Emeco chair fits perfectly in this office nook. Shelving adds storage space and smartly utilizes the height of the room. 

Sweet Alex posed for me again, this time with his proud pops. Thank you Chester...

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