Originally designed for Ian Schrager's Hudson Hotel in New York City,
the Hudson Collection (2000) combines the contemporary styling of
Philippe Starck with Emeco's classic 1944 naval-ready form and 77-step
construction. When asked about the collaboration, Starck replied,
"Working with Emeco has allowed me to use a recycled material and
transform it into something that never needs to be discarded - a
tireless and unbreakable chair to enjoy for a lifetime. It is a chair
you never own, you just use it for a while until it is the next person's
turn." Hudson is made by hand, using 80% recycled aluminum and finished
in either a highly polished or brushed surface. The Hudson Chair is
included in the design collection at MoMA and received the 2000 Good
Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum. Hudson chairs and stools come
with a lifetime guarantee, contribute to LEED™ credits and can be
used indoors or out. Made in U.S.A.
School drop-out Philippe Starck jump-started his career by designing two nightclub interiors in Paris in the 1970's. The success of the clubs won the attention of President Francois Mitterand, who asked Starck to refurbish one of the private apartments in the Elysee Palace.
Two years later, Starck designed the interior of the Cafe Costes, Paris, and was on his way to becoming a design celebrity. In quick succession, he created elegant interiors for the Royalton and Paramount hotels in New York, the Delano in Miami and the Mondrian in Los Angeles. He also began to produce chairs, lamps, motorbikes, boats and a line of house wares and kitchen utensils, like his Juicy Salif for Alessi. Read more >