Foster + Partners has designed '20-06', an aluminium chair and stool for Emeco, the Aluminium Chair Company. '20-06' recalls Emeco's classic 10-06 Navy ® Chair - the all-aluminium icon first made for submarines in WWII, while expressing a refined structure and modern inference. Both “20-06” and the classic 10-06 have an estimated 150-year lifespan. The sleek new chair features an ultra-slim, all-aluminium frame, tempered for strength and hand-made at the historic Hanover Pennsylvania factory using Emeco's proprietary “77 Step Process”.

The ergonomically shaped aluminium seat and back are hand-welded, resulting in a minimal, seamless appearance. “20-06” is super-strong, yet uses 15% less aluminium than the original Navy ® Chair. Of that metal, 80% is recycled aluminium, qualifying as an environmentally sound product. The lightweight chairs will stack 10 high and retail for US$ 385 - the same as the 10-06 Navy ® Chair. Bar and counter stools will sell for around $450. '20-06' passes BIFMA requirements and is guaranteed for life.

Facts + Figures

  • Appointment: 2006
  • Client: Emeco


  • Baden-Württemberg International Design Award – ‘Focus Green’ Gold Award Winner
  • Good Design 2007

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