Chair of the Week: Emeco 1006 Chair or Navy Chair by Witton C. Dinges

The Emeco 1006 Chair, more affectionately known as the “Navy Chair“, was designed by Witton C. Dinges in the early 1940’s. Responding to the US Navy‘s call for war ship ready furniture during World War II, Dinges (along with his company Emeco and aluminum industry giants Alcoa) designed a plethora of furnishings, with the clear favourite for crossover into the civillian market being the 1006 Chair.

The Navy Chair has been a staple in Emeco‘s catalog ever since, and is still made as durable as it was in the war times. It is the epitome of practicality and durability, weighing in at only 7 pounds, but still capable of withstanding a drop from a fourth story window — you can see some more ‘extreme tests’ here if you’re so inclined.

The full manufacturing process takes roughly 2 weeks and consists of 77 individual steps executed by expert craftsmen. Lucky for us, Emeco has kingly made us a video outlining the steps.

Recently Emeco teamed up with Coca Cola to develop the Navy 111 Chair, which is made from 111 recycled coke bottles and unlike it’s tediously crafted sibling, it can be made in about three minutes. The Navy 11 Chair is a noble effort and a beautiful example of up-cycling . Emeco‘s Gregg Buchbinder‘s proudly stated “We’ve turned something you throw away into something you want and can keep for a long, long time.” You can read more about the Coke/Emeco project here.