Hudson Chair Describe£º
Design Emeco, 1944.
Thermal treated aluminum.
The classic aluminum chair has been in continuous production since the mid 1940s by Emeco. Based on a marriage of style and a time honored proprietary 77 step process, Emeco can be considered the guardian of a lost art...the manufacture of something enduring and endearing. Three times stronger than steel and amazingly lightweight, these chairs have a life expectancy of at least 150 years. Timeless. Chairs admired today ¡§C and indefinitely. Chairs that span generations and cultures.
The 1006 is a bona fide wartime workhorse. It was developed in Hanover, Pa., in the 1940s for use on submarines and aircraft carriers. Aluminum makes the chair lightweight and corrosion-resistant. An elaborate manufacturing process makes it virtually indestructible. According to company lore, the 1006 is tough enough to withstand a torpedo blast.
The military remains a customer, but today the 1006 is also a symbol of modern industrial chic. Navy chairs are found in Armani and Tiffany boutiques, the architecture offices of Frank O. Gehry, in the movie "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and at home with Brad Pitt. The chair has starred in its own docudrama, "77 Steps," filmed by Eames Demetrios, grandson of designer Charles Eames. Television viewers can spot Navy chairs on "Law & Order" and "CSI,"