111 Navy Chair
111 Chairs Project
Wondering what 111 people have to say about the 111 Navy Chair? Over the next few months, we’ll be posting responses from 111 people to whom we sent a chair.
About the Chair
Made from 111 recycled plastic Coke bottles, the 111 Navy Chair® (1944/2009) is the result of a special collaboration between Emeco and Coca-Cola, and it’s available exclusively at Design Within Reach. It took four years of research, design and materials testing to create this chair, which is a plastic version of the iconic 1006 Navy® Chair (scroll down to see that chair). The 111 expands the Navy collection by offering color and a bit of pop (no pun intended). Plus, it’s about half the price of the aluminum one. This chair is suitable for outdoor and commercial use, and it’s made in U.S.A.
The 111 Navy Chair is available in six colors.
Recycling millions of bottles.
When you recycle a plastic bottle, you’re doing something good. When you recycle 111 of them, you’re doing something great. Help your bottle become something extraordinary again. The production of this chair is expected to keep three million plastic Coke bottles out of landfills each year.
An Impressive Provenance
The original was a 1006 Navy® Chair, designed by Emeco for the U.S. Navy. This iconic chair first appeared in 1944, and today it’s made of 80% recycled aluminum. (Although, it’s not necessarily made from Coke cans – we put the Coke can in the photo just to emphasize aluminum versus plastic.) To create the 1006 Navy Chair, Emeco invented a 77-step process to satisfy the military’s need for lightweight, corrosion-resistant chairs for destroyers and submarines. In the process, the company invented a method to make aluminum three times stronger than steel, and a chair so durable that it has an estimated lifespan of 150 years. The new 111 Navy Chair was designed to have the same attributes of the original aluminum version: strength, durability and comfort. The Navy Chair design constitutes the proprietary Trade Dress of Emeco.
111 Navy Chair®
Designed by Emeco
Made from 111 recycled plastic Coke bottles, the 111 Navy Chair (1944/2009) is the result of a special collaboration between Emeco and Coca-Cola, and it’s available exclusively at Design Within Reach. It took four years of research, design and materials testing to create this chair, which is a plastic version of the iconic 1006 Navy® Chair. Designed to have the attributes of the original aluminum version – strength, durability and comfort – the 111 Navy Chair expands the collection by offering color and a bit of pop (no pun intended).
Designed by Emeco
The Navy Chair design constitutes the proprietary Trade Dress of Emeco. Made in U.S.A.
- The production of this chair is expected to keep three million plastic Coke bottles out of landfills each year.
- Suitable for outdoor and commercial use.
- One of the few plastic chairs to be built with leg stretchers, the 111 Navy will stand up to frequent use
H 34" W 16.5" D 19.5" Seat H 18" Weight 13lbs.
65% recycled post-consumer PET (plastic bottles); 35% pigment, glass fiber and fire inhibitor.
Recycled Materials, LEED Credits, Recyclable Products
The 111 Navy Chair Was Sent To These Folks
We also asked these folks to tell us a bit about themselves, like what’s on their iPod (or record player), or what they would create out of 111 plastic bottles. So if you’re looking for new tunes or design ideas from leading architects, designers and other industry professionals, check back often.
Anna Corpron & Sean Auyeung
Anna Corpron and Sean Auyeung are two architects/designers/artists living in New York City. They collaborate together under the name Sub-Studio, providing multifaceted design solutions to clients seeking a young yet sophisticated style. In addition to client work, they also have a product line featuring screen-printed note cards, journals and prints. Anna’s jewelry line Brevity draws from geometries and abstractions of natural structures. The Working Proof, their online print gallery and shop that pairs art with social responsibility releases a new print edition every week.
Filmmaker Eric Bricker made his directorial debut with Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman,” the award-winning documentary film about the life and work of the acclaimed photographer, narrated by Dustin Hoffman (http://www.juliusshulmanfilm.com). Bricker is currently working on his next project, What If…? How Geeks and Gamers Will Save the World, which consists of a feature-length film and a social game launched via Facebook. Having moved to Austin in 2008, he is truly grateful to be a part of such a dynamic, supportive city and creative community.
Zach Frechette is editor in chief of the award-winning GOOD, a collaboration of individuals, businesses and nonprofits driving change in the world. He recently led the transition of GOOD from an editorially led magazine to a community-based web platform at the intersection of creativity and impact.
Annie Choi is the author of Happy Birthday or Whatever (HarperCollins) and her work has appeared in Abitare, Pidgin, Publishe’s Weekly and Women’s Health, among others. Her open letters about design and chairs can be found on Emeco’s website. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University, where she currently serves as adjunct faculty. She lives in New York City, in a 187-square-foot apartment.
Visual Narcotics (20mg)
In 1997, I moved to Los Angeles. I was completely inspired by the incredible art around the city. Near the end of 1998, I found an image of a Prozac pill that I blew up on a photocopier. I originally put the word “smile” underneath. But something was different about this image. It resonated with me in a way the other images had not. The pill had the dosage “20mg” written on it. I focused on that, emphasized the dosage and edited out any other text from the image. I decided to write “Visual Narcotics” under it and boom! It was born. From 1999 to the present, I’ve worked under the name “20mg” referring to my work as “Visual Narcotics” (http://20mg.com). But to me, “Visual Narcotics” also refers to the endless bombardment of images and information that we as a society are confronted with daily by the conventional mass media. So most of my work is meant to draw attention to the absurdities that are propagated by the media.
An Oregon native, Peter Kallen is design director for Nau (pronounced “now”), a clothing company that makes sustainable urban and outdoor apparel for the modern mobile life. Previously, Kallen worked at Nike, had his own snowboard company, was owner/creator of an urban garden store, and launched a fashion brand in Japan under his own name. Not one to sit pretty for long, Kallen also owns ThinkBomb Design Laboratory, where he designs for a variety of companies ranging from sport to fashion, and interior to industrial design. His strong love of the outdoors has him frequently venturing into the depths of nature on a variety of self-propelled devices
James Victore is a self-taught designer known for his brilliant and innovative design work. He is currently a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York and has won countless design awards including the Grand Prix from the Brno Biennele (Czech Republic). He is a popular lecturer around the world and has been the subject of many exhibitions—his most recent in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Victore’s work can be found online at www.jamesvictore.com and www.moma.org. His monograph Victore, or Who Died and Made You Boss? was published by Abrams in 2010.