Ettore Sottsass

black white portrait designer Ettore Sottsass

"A chair must be really important as an object, because my mother always told me to offer my chair to a lady."

Emeco's owner Gregg Buchbinder first met Ettore Sottsass at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. "The minute we met, Ettore told me he was an admirer of the Navy chair and in fact wished he had designed it. And we agreed, why not re-design it," remembers Gregg. When the two met again, Sottsass was 87 years old and said, “Gregg, we’d better get that chair done pretty soon.” The Nine-O, Sottsass' last ever chair, was launched at Salone del Mobile in Milan in 2008 a few months after Sottsass passed away at the age of 90.

"Ettore was the first designer who took our chairs out of their typical environments - navy ships, prisons, hospitals - to use them in contemporary interior design projects. Through him Sir Terence Conran, Frank Gehry and Philippe Starck discovered the Emeco chair creating resurgence in the 1990's. It was only right to commission him to celebrate Emeco's resurrection with a new collection." – Gregg Buchbinder, Emeco Owner