The design blogosphere has been abuzz the past couple weeks with previews of designs making their debuts at the 2010 Milan Furniture Fair which kicks off on Wednesday. A couple of eco-designs that have caught my attention are the stunning, scrap-tastic Armiadature closet and a stylishly understated, soda-centric showstopper: the 111 Navy Chair, a collaboration between Pennsylvania-based, sustainability-minded chair manufacturer Emeco and friend-of-MNN, Coca-Cola. Yep, Coke.
The goal of the collaboration between Coke and Emeco is commendable; to “alter consumer behavior by illustrating the value of rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate) with beautifully designed and everyday products — ultimately encouraging more recycling.”
Each 111 Navy Chair is made from about 111 20-ounce recycled PET Coke bottles (and other materials like glass fiber) and will be available in six “earth-inspired” colors selected by Laura Guido-Clark: Coca-Cola Red, Snow, Flint, Persimmon, Grass and Charcoal. After debuting in Milan, they’ll officially hit North American shores in May and be available for purchase at Design Within Reach and directly through Emeco in June. The cost for each recycled plastic chair? $230, about half of the current price for the original Emeco Navy Chair.
Says Emeco chairman Gregg Buchbinder of the collaboration:
When Coca-Cola approached me with this project I jumped on it. Although reengineering a core product is a significant investment for us, I was excited about the impact of reusing the PET from about three million plastic bottles a year. That’s a lot of bottles and a lot of chairs. The new chair is the strongest, and most beautiful we can make. We’ve turned something many people throw away into something you want and can keep for a long, long time.
Via [Emeco press release]