Kong Chair by Emeco
designed by Philippe Starck
Emeco's Kong line of chairs features a perfect balance of contrasting forms. The rounded oval backrest tops a shaped seat and squared front legs offset by angled back legs. Poised, elegant. This particular model features beautifully shaped arms that lend to the natural characteristics of the piece, which can be added to either one side or both, for an extremely unique and chic touch.
- Made with 80% recycled aluminum content
- Dimensions: 34.5" h x 17.5" w x 18" d
- Available in brushed or polished aluminum
- Available with one or two arms
- Estimated lifespan of 150 years or more
Designed for the Kong Chinese restaurant in Paris in 2003, Kong takes 24 separate pieces of aluminum, hand-formed and welded, to make each chair. With it taking eight man-hours to hand polish each chair, it is more like making a sculpture than a chair.
Left Arm Model
Recycled aluminum, both post consumer and post industrial
Overall: 34.5" h x 17.5" w x 18" d
Seat height: 17.5"
Emeco uses 80 percent recycled aluminum to make its chairs, and the aluminum content in Emeco chairs are 100 percent recyclable. During the production process, aluminum emits no VOCs or aldehydes in any measurable concentration.
In addition to using environmentally friendly materials in the production process, Emeco uses 100 percent recyclable shipping and packing materials (they even use paper tape).
|Emeco's founder, Winton C. Dinges, was a master tool and die maker with an engineering background. He believed that a hands-on approach to production using outstanding materials would lead to outstanding design and outstanding furniture. It is a vision that has served Emeco well since 1944.|
Few organizations have as storied a history as the Electric Machine and Equipment Company. Emeco's first major achievement was the Navy Chair- a chair designed in collaboration with ALCOA for seaworthiness. Since then, it has expanded its offering but held closely to Dinges' vision. Emeco and its manufacturing facilities are based in Hanover, Pennsylvania.