Designer: Michael Young 2010
Emeco, The Aluminum Chair
Company, will present a new furniture collection by British designer
Michael Young at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, 14 – 19 April
2010 in Milan.
The collection of stacking chairs, barstools and
tables is Emeco’s first foray into component-based design incorporating
cast aluminum seats and backs with carved ash-wood legs. The ashwood
components are made by Emeco’s partner, an Amish factory in nearby
Lancaster County PA, providing the collection its name, Lancaster.
have worked extensively with the aluminum manufacturing process
recently, and with some of the best equipped factories in Asia. I was
looking at the ways to join other materials with aluminum over the last
few years and thinking about a chair, “explained Mr. Young.
work with the bicycle manufacturer, Giant, pushed me away from using
standard section metal tubing. The sculptural form of the chair leg
could only be made in wood. When I found that Emeco has partnered with a
remarkable wood factory, the project gelled. It is an immense privilege
to work with the Emeco family, I am sincerely proud in a way I have not
felt previously. And I do feel the project fits me well with my love
for and industrial heritage and what I consider to be the real thing.
feel passionate about working with natural materials that live for
ever; wood and metal are really the materials that connect to the human
so there was no question that the richness of their aging processes is a
prefect combination I felt would be contrasting in the Emeco
collection. I felt that using wood would create a softer edge to a
product whilst the aluminum would keep to sophistication and heritage.
me the new chair was much needed, not as a vanity but as good sold
piece of industrial hardware for both domestic and contract markets.”
features an indestructible, cast aluminum seat and back in dark
anodized and machine polished finishes. The wood legs are available in
natural ash-wood and dark stain ash-wood.