Emeco, the abbreviation of Electrical Machine and Equipment Company, was founded in 1944 in Pennsylvania (USA) by Wilton Carlyle Dinges. During WWII the U.S government asked him to develop a seaworthy chair for submarines and warships. A chair that could withstand water, salt air and sailors. The chair was required to be lightweight and durable, to be built for a lifetime. Aluminum was their obvious choice of material. In a collaborative project with Alcoa the end result was a chair engineered for practical purposes, designed by real people. An icon was born; impervious to corrosion, non magnetic, lightweight and most importantly incredibly strong. By the end of the 1950’s Emeco aluminum chairs outfitted all famous U.S Navy Ships and submarines including the first nuclear submarine, Nautilus. Emeco named the chair with a number: 1006.
As it was initially developed and produced for the U.S. Navy it earned its appropriate “nickname” the Navy chair. The forming, welding, grinding, heat-treating, finishing, anodizing are just a few among the 77 steps it takes to build an Emeco chair. Until today these chairs are still made in that same way. No one else makes chairs this way. No one can. Another great thing about Emeco is that their chairs have been produced out of 80% recycled aluminium for decades, something in which they seem to have been far ahead of their time. However the higher goal of Emeco is to make recycling obsolete in a way and to simply keep making things that last.