Emeco Announces That Restoration Hardware Will Permanently Cease Selling “Naval Chair” Product Line

  Emeco Announces That Restoration Hardware Will Permanently Cease Selling
  “Naval Chair” Product Line

Business Wire

HANOVER, Pa. -- January 28, 2013

Emeco Industries, Inc. today announced that its dispute concerning Restoration
Hardware’s “Naval Chair” product line has been settled. As part of that
settlement, Restoration Hardware has agreed to permanently cease selling the
chairs that Emeco accused of infringement, and its existing inventory of such
chairs will be recycled. Emeco’s Navy Chair products are available for sale
directly from Emeco at http://www.emeco.net/ and from authorized retailers.

Emeco's Navy Chair® is a design icon that has graced the covers of fashion
magazines, appeared in Ho ...

Emeco's Navy Chair® is a design icon that has graced the covers of fashion
magazines, appeared in Hollywood movies, and now is in permanent collections
in art museums around the world. (Photo: Business Wire)

Emeco began production of the Navy Chair® in 1944 under contract with the
United States Navy, which wanted a chair capable of withstanding fire,
weather, war and sailors. Because of its lightweight, durability and recycled
content, the chair soon became a fixture across America in police stations,
prisons, schools and hospitals. As the Navy Chair® became a design icon, it
graced the covers of fashion magazines, appeared in Hollywood movies, and was
ordered by restaurants and other establishments worldwide. Celebrated for its
craftsmanship and sustainable composition, the Navy Chair® is now in permanent
collections in art museums around the world.

In 2012 Emeco launched three new design collaborations; the first was the
“Sezz collection” designed by Christophe Pillet, launched during Maison &
Objet in Paris 2012. A series of handmade chairs, stools and swivels made of
recycled aluminum, the Sezz collection was first installed at the Sezz hotel
in St. Tropez, south of France. Later the same year, Emeco launched the “Broom
chair” designed by Philippe Starck at the Milan Furniture fair, a chair made
of 90% industrial waste in a combination of reclaimed polypropylene and
reclaimed wood fiber. The Broom later won Interior Design Magazine’s
prestigious Best Green furniture award and the 2012 - ICFF Editors awards;
Multiple Production.

In the fall of 2012 Emeco launched the “SoSo collection” in collaboration with
Jean Nouvel at the Kortrijk Interieur fair in Belgium. A series of handmade
chairs and stools made from recycled aluminum, the SoSo collection was first
installed in hotel Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom. In November 2012, Emeco and
Konstantin Grcic collaborated on the installation of mobile interiors for
Parrish Art Museum in Long Island, New York, designed by Herzog & De Meuron.
The full “Parrish Collection” will be officially launched at the Milan
Furniture Fair in April 2013.

For the past fifteen years, Emeco has collaborated with the world’s best
designers, starting with Philippe Starck, with whom Emeco developed a series
of products, including the “Hudson” chair, designed for the Hudson Hotel. In
2001, the Hudson won the GOOD Design Award and was accepted into the permanent
collection of the Museum of Modern Art. In 2004, Emeco CEO Gregg Buchbinder
began working with Frank Gehry to develop “Superlight,” which won a GOOD
design award and was accepted into the permanent collections of the San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and
the Pinakotherk in Munich. In 2005, designer Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW Design
Group Designworks USA and Foster and Partners designed “20-06,” a stacking
chair for the 2006 Smithsonian addition in Washington, DC. “20-06” won a Good
Design, a Spark Design Award and the 2008 Baden-Württemberg International
Design Award for environmentally progressive new products. In 2008, Emeco
launched the “Nine-O Collection” by Ettore Sottsass and the following year the
“Morgans” chair by Andrée Putman, designed for the restored Morgans Hotel in
New York City. In 2010, Emeco launched the “Lancaster Collection,” designed by
British designer Michael Young.

In 2010, Emeco presented the 111 Navy Chair in a joint venture with the
Coca-Cola company. Embracing the challenge to reduce the number of
polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles ending up in the U.S. landfills,
Emeco and Coca-Cola created a Navy Chair made with 111 up-cycled Coca-Cola PET
bottles. Two years later, the Emeco/Coca-Cola partnership had taken more than
nine million plastic bottles out of landfills. The 111 Navy Chair® has won the
GOOD DESIGN Award, the IF International Design Forum Product Design Award,
several awards in thee International Plastic Design competition, Dwell Modern
World awards; winner of the 2011 Work category, Editors Choice Award at the
96th edition of International Hotel, Mote & Restaurant show (IHMRS) and the
Second Boutique Design New York (BDNY); Awarded Best Green design.

Emeco is on the leading edge of a movement in product development that
promises a new, more intelligent and sustainable way of life. Producing
up-cycled chairs and stools in collaboration with some of the world’s leading
designers, architects, institutions, and respected global brands, Emeco and
its partners share a commitment to a better, more beautiful future.

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Emeco Industries, Inc.
Lia Forslund, Director of Communications
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Bob Magnuson
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