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

broom chair by philippe starck for emeco


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

broom chair by philippe starck for emecoturned into a new wood-plastic composite.broom chair production video at the exhibition space(above and main) image © designboom



the name behind starck‘s design, exhibited at the salon de mobile, 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.

broom chair by philippe starck for emeco chairs on a raised platform with film showing on back wall image © designboom



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

broom chair by philippe starck for emecoexhibition at the salon del mobile 2012image © designboom



‘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.’

broom chair by philippe starck for emeco emeco exhibition at salone del mobile image © designboom

broom chair by philippe starck for emeco left: gregg buchbinder, CEO of emeco, portrait © designboom right: original 2003 sketch by philippe starck, image © emeco

broom chair by philippe starck for emeco (from left to right) broom chair, 111 navy chair and 1006 navy chair image © designboom

broom chair by philippe starck for emeco new composite materialimage © designboom

broom chair by philippe starck for emeco back of natural colored broom chairimage © emeco

broom chair by philippe starck for emeco profile of natural colored broom chairimage © emeco

broom chair by philippe starck for emeco

image © emeco

film by eames demetrios
featuring philippe starck

broom chair by philippe starck for emeco video still of philippe starck talking about using less design, less material, less energy video © emeco

broom chair by philippe starck for emeco … and we have more. thank you video © emeco

philippe starck presenting the broom chair during milan design week 2012
  • Oh Philippe, too little to late I’m afraid. Ride that band wagon Monsieur it’s got wheels on it!

    POM POM says:

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