Leave it to designer Philippe Starck to find inspiration in the furniture of
Versailles when creating a chair for a Chinese restaurant in Paris. The Kong
Chair (2002) is hand crafted in Pennsylvania using the same 77-step process
that Emeco first developed for its Navy Chair. While the shape of Kong
recalls more delicate French designs, the manufacturing of this chair gives
it an ability to stand up to even the most unruly of patrons. A proprietary
heat treatment makes the aluminum three times stronger than steel, and all
Emeco chairs are tested to withstand 1,700 lbs of weight (which is good to
know in case that restaurant in Paris is very popular). 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 >