A touch of new objectivity
by Fabian Peters | 5/10/2018
Quo vadis, furniture design? This year’s Salone del Mobile reveals a few ideas. An analysis in our glance back at the fair.
Emeco and Barber & Osgerby introduce “On & On”, a collection of chairs and stools that breaks new ground with a circular way of thinking, combining longevity of design, durability, and the use of recycled materials that can be recycled – on and on.
The starting point for our collaboration was the next generation of a simple and timeless café chair, engineered for strength and designed specifically with recycling in mind. Together, Emeco and Barber & Osgerby have created a collection of chairs and stools that are physically and visually lightweight, yet extremely strong and durable, making them suitable for both demanding commercial environments and domestic use, indoors and out.
Emeco first used recycled PET (“rPET”) to make the 111 Navy Chair in 2010. Since then, we have continued to engineer and improve the material for even greater longevity and durability. The On & On chairs and stools are made of 70% rPET - waste plastic bottles that would otherwise end up in the landfill, 10% non-toxic pigment, and 20% glass fiber for strength. With closed loop recycling as the ultimate goal, Emeco is currently working on a chair-to-chair program where customers can return old chairs, and we use the material to make their new chairs - all made & remade in America.
The On and On collection is offered in a variety of seat materials, for different settings and purposes. The rPET seat versions – matching the chair and stool frames – are available in six crisp, timeless colors suitable for both indoor and outdoor spaces. Plywood seats in oak or ash, and upholstered seats, offer a different appeal for interiors. The stools are available in two heights – bar stool height and counter height, and the chairs stack 6 high.
|Seat finish||without upholstery|
|Base finish||with legs|
|Backrest finish||without backrest|
|Armrest finish||without armrests|