MIT students future-proof furniture as Emeco seeks ‘The Next 150-Year Chair’

Following a mentoring program led by American design company Emeco alongside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), five student researchers have created their visions for ‘The Next 150-Year Chair’, which are on show at Emeco House in Los Angeles from 14 – November 18, 2022.

Emeco was established, in 1944, on a foundation of quality craft. The enduring success of its ‘1006 Navy’ chair of the same year, designed in aluminum for a long life – 150 years to be precise – on a navy ship, remains a marker of the company’s structural expertise, while collaborations with prominent designers such as Philippe Starck and Naoto Fukasawa highlight their respected position in the design world. In spring 2022, Emeco united with MIT to deliver an advanced product design course – ‘The next 150-year chair.’

three legged stool with plants growing from it

‘La Junta’ by María Risueño Dominguez is a new furniture product, designed to adapt to a number of uses over time

(Image credit: Photography: María Risueño Dominguez)

MIT x Emeco: ‘The 150-year chair’


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