The Electrical Machine & Equipment Company, who we now know simply as Emeco, was founded in 1944 in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Wilton Carlyle Dinges, drawing on the ability of local craftsman on the American east coast, founded the venture using scrap aluminium to make tables and chairs for the American government. His brief was to make durable furniture that could withstand water and salt air, whilst at the same time remaining lightweight. From this, one of the world’s most famous chairs was born – the 1006, now commonly known as the Navy Chair.
In 1998 American businessman Gregg Buchbinder purchased the company and enlisted designers such as Philippe Starck, Andrée Putman, Christophe Pillet and Konstantin Grcic to help position the brand for a whole new market. The Emeco collection has grown steadily from this date - though its design philosophy has still remained the same: build it once, build it well.