broom chair by philippe starck for emeco
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apr 24, 2012
broom chair by philippe starck for emeco

‘broom chair’ by philippe starck
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american manufacturer of handcrafted chairs emeco has collaborated with french designer philippe starck to develop ‘broom chair’ on show during the salone del mobile 2012. the design introduces an entirely new material composite, combining reclaimed polypropylene and discarded wood fiber to create a compound that has a three-fold environmental impact. less energy, less waste and less carbon – preserving natural resources and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. revisiting a sketch that starck had made in 2001, for a mixed-material chair, the reclaimed matter can eventually be recycled and turned into a new wood-plastic composite.
broom chair production video at the exhibition space
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the design’s name is derived from the ability of the product’s material to literally be swept from the workshop floor and be transformed into a new form. since the 1940s emeco has used salvaged items in their manufacturing. the ‘broom chair’ is a piece of that evolution. by producing up-cycled chairs and stools made of reprocessed aluminum, post consumer rPET or reclaimed EPP, the company continues to lead the way in delivering restrained pieces with a minimal impact on the environment.

chairs on a raised platform with film showing on back wall
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emeco exhibition at salone del mobile
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left: gregg buchbinder, CEO of emeco, portrait © designboom
right: original 2003 sketch by philippe starck, image © emeco

‘philippe and I have always agreed that it’s not about recycling, but
about restructuring production. our aim is to prevent waste from being
manufactured in the first place, using discarded materials to make things that last.’
– gregg buchbinder, CEO of emeco

(from left to right) broom chair, 111 navy chair and 1006 navy chair
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new composite material

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back of natural colored broom chair

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profile of natural colored broom chair

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film by eames demetrios
featuring philippe starck

‘the elegance of the minimum comes from the intelligence of the nothing,’ says philippe starck.
‘mies van der rohe said ‘less is more’ but with the broom chair we
can say ‘less and more.’ because we choose to make less – less ‘style’,
less ‘design’, less material, less energy – finally we have more.’

video still of philippe starck talking about using less design, less material, less energy
video © emeco

… and we have more. thank you
video © emeco

philippe starck presenting the broom chair during milan design week 2012

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