Emeco has partnered up with designer Michael Young to produce a new collection that combines their iconic aluminum with a new material (new to Emeco, that is), wood. I adore the combination of the hard, industrial surface of aluminum combined with an organic, material that grew under sun.
The collection includes stacking chairs, tables and barstools. All the pieces are available in light or dark stained ash wood and either polished aluminum or "nano" powder coat. The ash wood is sustainable, durable, and harvested from, you guessed it, Lancaster Pennsylvania. As wood isn't Emeco's specialty, the wood components are being hand crafted in a local Amish factory in Lancaster with a long time reputation for wood working.
The way that Young designed the connection between the aluminum and wood components makes this chair really unique. He doesn't hide the fact that there is a joint there, and celebrates the contrast between the materials by accentuating the join with visible bolts, and large tab like connectors. These details speak to the industrial side of the design, although the beauty in which all the elements are finished illustrates the craftmanship that Emeco is known for. The Lancaster collection is perfect composition of hybrid raw material, elegant design, and enduring quality.
Michael Young is an accomplished industrial designer who has worked with many international furniture manufacturers. He has this to say about Lancaster's design story:
"I feel passionate about working with natural materials that live forever. Wood and metal are really the materials that connect to the human so there was no question that the richness of their aging processes is a perfect combination."
Michael Young, quote source: Emeco Newsletter, July 2011
We are currently working on getting the Lancster collection up on our online store. If you have questions about pricing, availability, etc., contact us, here.
Visit Emeco's website for information and images, here.
Visit Michael Young's website to see more amazing design projects, here.
Read Designboom's up close and personal interview with Michael Young, here.