Michael Young for Emeco, 2010
Reclaimed Solid Ash, Die Cast Aluminum
20" W x 18.5" D x 32.5" H, Seat height 17"
Emeco (Electric Machine and Equipment Company) was one of the first companies to change its course by reinventing itself in the 1990s as a high-design heritage brand. Founded in 1944 in Hanover, PA, to make lightweight, indestructible chairs for Navy ships, it still employs founder “Bud” Dinges’s patented 77-step process to produce aluminum that is three times stronger than steel (strong enough to withstand a torpedo blast). When Emeco invited designer Michael Young who is (British-born and Brussels and Reykjavik-based) to collaborate, he made use of two extraordinary Pennsylvania resources for the materials and manufacturing of his Lancaster chair — the Emeco factory and an Amish-operated wood factory in Lancaster. CT