"When I close my eyes, this is the chair I see," said Philippe Starck of his Icon Chair (2006), designed for Emeco. Like all Emeco seating, the Icon is handcrafted in a 77-step patented construction process that includes heat treatment and anodizing, rendering the chair diamond-hard and virtually indestructible. Its sleek, simple form is lightweight and available in a brushed or polished aluminum finish. Said Starck of the Icon: "My idea for the new Emeco chair was to design nothing, just transmit the phenomenon of Emeco. The new design is balanced, minimal, coherent - there is serenity." Specially made clear plastic glides promote serenity by preventing scratched floors or snagged carpets. Made in U.S.A.
One of the century's preeminent American designers, Niels Diffrient, endeavored, throughout his storied career, to emphasize the "human factors" of industrial design, using ingenuity and intuition to bring consumer products that meet their needs. His emphasis on meeting human needs was codified in the three-volume Humanscale, an influential sourcebook for designers that examined the movements and dimensions of the human body. From his early work with Eero Saarinen and Marco Zanuso onward, Diffrient's integrity and vision were recognized in dozens of awards and honorary citations, and he served as designer or consultant to the Fortune 500's leading companies. His quest to create workplace environments that were fitted to the needs of their users is exemplified by the Freedom Chair, high-performance task seating that senses the weight of the user and automatically adjusts to provide optimal support without an array of knobs and levers.
Through his career, Diffrient designed every type of equipment, including computers, exhibits, trucks, airplane interiors and corporate identity programs. He has also been broadly published in the field of design and human factors, most notably as co-author of the three-volume compendium, Humanscale. Additionally,Niels spent eight years as adjunct Professor of Design at UCLA and was a visiting critic at the Yale University School of Architecture for two years. Read more >