Design by Jean Nouvel, 2012.
Made in the U.S.A. by Emeco.
In true minimalistic spirit, French designer Jean Nouvel drew upon his "philosophy of nothingness" to create the simple, lightweight, SoSo Collection of chairs and barstools. "I just kept the same Emeco DNA and evolved it into a new light and comfortable chair. Working with Emeco is like being in a field of wheat. The crop is grown and my job was to simply harvest," said Nouvel. The lightweight chairs and stools were first installed in the Sofitel Vienna, Stephandom — for which Nouvel conceived the majority of the furniture as well as the building.
The comfortably embracing SoSo Stacking Armchair is handmade of 80% recycled, hand-brushed, anodized aluminum, by skilled craftsmen using the same process Emeco has employed to fabricate the famous 1006 Navy Chair since 1944.
Stackable to 4 units high. Suitable for outdoor use. Lifetime warranty.
Material(s): 80% recycled aluminum
Designer: Jean Nouvel
Born at Fumel, France, in 1945, Jean Nouvel, architect and urban planner, trained first in Bordeaux and then at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he graduated in 1971. After early work experience with Claude Parent's practice, in 1970 he opened his first professional firm with François Seigneu and, in 1988, founded Jean Nouvel, Emmanuel Cattani et Associés (till 1994). He was a founder of the French Architects' Movement (1976) and the Syndicat de l'Architecture (1979); he founded and directed the Biennale d'Architecture as part of the Biennale of Paris (1980); he was vice-president of the Institut Français d'Architecture (1991).
Since 1983 he has received numerous awards and wide recognition in France and abroad, including the Leone d'Oro of the International Biennale of Architecture in Venice (2000), the Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects (2001) and the Praemium Imperial (2001). His principal works include the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (1981-87); the restoration of the Opera House in Lyon (1986-93); the Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain in Paris (1991-94); the Galeries Lafayette in Berlin (1991-96); the Cultural Centre Lucerne in (1993-2001).View other products by Jean Nouvel
Emeco has an interesting history beginning in 1944 with the 1006 Navy chair, the granddaddy of Emeco that was designed to withstand the harsh environment on a Navy ship, including water, salt air, and sailors. (Legend has it, the seat of the Emeco 1006 Navy Chair was modeled after the seat of actress Betty Grable.) Since then Emeco has had some new editions, designed by some good friends: Philippe Starck, Frank Gehry, and Ettore Sottsass to name a few.
The creative process behind the development of Emeco products is one that is loose and organic, intuitive, and explorative. The philosophy is rooted in the fact that the search for good design is as much part of the development process as is the forming, welding, and hand finishing of its products. Emeco's designers and manufacturers are equally valued and respected, and their combined dedication, intuition, and skill have uniformly contributed to the company's continuing growth. All Emeco chairs are LEED™ compliant, made of 80% recycled aluminum or 65% rPET. The aluminum chairs have an estimated lifespan of 150 years and a lifetime guarantee.
Emeco is a leader when it comes to chair fabrication. Committed to sustainability and protecting the environment, Emeco uses post consumer and post industrial waste to create chairs with ultimate strength, intended to last for decades. Chairs admired today and indefinitely. Chairs that span generations and cultures.View other products from Emeco