Designer: Philippe Starck
Emeco Hudson Brushed Chair is the original Hudson chair, manufactured in the USA, using recycled aluminium with a brushed matt finish. This chair has a moulded & shaped seat & backrest to provide maximum comfort.
A lot of design & manufacturing processes have been used to ensure that this chair is extremely practical, stunning & iconic. These chairs were designed initially for the Hudson Hotel in New York by French designer, Philippe Starck. Because of their appeal the manufacturer Emeco now exports these chairs to the most elegant & exclusive homes & hotels all over the world.
Each brushed matt aluminium Hudson chair is designed & manufactured to last! Each chair is unique because the finishing is entirely completed by hand. The Hudson chair is a permanent part of the Museum of Modern Art collection.
All the Hudson chairs and stools are assembled & finished by hand. Consequently each piece is unique with subtle differences.
- width: 39cm
- depth: 50cm
- seat height: 46cm
- height: 85cm
Philippe Starck was one of the first designers to take the Navy chair out of its original context and place it into modern design-focused settings. Emeco's Gregg Buchbinder was in the audience at a speech Philippe Starck gave at ICFF in New York in 1999. Later in the hallway Gregg saw Starck and said, “Mr. Starck, thank you for using our chairs at the Paramount Hotel.” After thinking a moment, Starck asked, “The Navy Chair? Do you own the company? I’d like to design a chair for Emeco.” Thus began a close, lasting and prolific relationship between Emeco and Philippe Starck - a relationship that launched Emeco's transformation from a U.S. Navy supplier into one of the top design furniture brands.
The Hudson Chair by Philippe Starck, created for the Hudson Hotel NYC, was the first new design for Emeco in more than 50 years. Starck had the Emeco craftsmen learn a new skill - hand polishing. Starck continued designing for Emeco and created the Emeco Stool, Kong Chair, Heritage Stacking Chair, and Icon Chair. In 2012 Emeco and Starck collaborated on the Broom Chair, which is made of 90% reclaimed industrial waste.
"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 use and enjoy for a lifetime" - Philippe Starck
The anodising process changes the aluminium surface to aluminium oxide, a super-strong material.
Anodised aluminium is corrosion-proof and can be used outdoors & ofcourse inside. However, the manufacturer Emeco, suggests to clean the chair using soap and water every 2 weeks in order to remove grit and other air pollutants that can pit the surface.