Furniture made from soft drink cans
We have selected furniture for the Thinkspace office and the one piece that I’m most excited about is the Phillippe Starck designed Emeco stool. We have purchased these in bar stool height (14″ W x 14″ D x 30″) for the cyber cafe.
The stool is produced in the United States and is environmentally friendly. 80% of the aluminum is recycled. Half is post consumer (soft drink cans) and half is postindustrial (manufacturing scrap). The Emeco craftsman grind each weld flush to give it a seemless appearance. The aluminum is three times stronger than steel and has a estimated life of 150 years. It also comes with a life-time warranty. Emeco started their business designing chairs for the U.S. Navy and one of the design requirements was that it be torpedo proof! If you have the time, you should check out the video on YouTube that shows someone taking an Emeco chair and catapulting it into a brick wall 50 times. It pretty much survives with very little damage!
By selecting environmentally sound product choices we expect it to provide us credit toward our LEED certification. Also, there’s no off gassing because aluminum does not emit VOCs or aldehydes in any measurable concentration. The things that I really like about this stool is the excellent craftsmanship, modern, elegant, attractive design and the fact that it costs about the same price as a nice stool made of plastic or wood.