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Andrée Putman designs Morgans chair for Emeco

Interior designer Andrée Putman, legendary creator of the Morgans Hotel in Manhattan, introduces the Morgans all-aluminium chair for Emeco.

Andrée Putman has created a minimalist chair for Emeco, inspired by her legendary Morgans Hotel (1984) in Manhattan, as well as a chair designed by Robert Mallet-Stevens in 1928.

Conceived as a minimalist sanctuary and opened in 1984, Morgans Hotel became the template for a slew of copycat boutique hotels. Putman furnished the Morgans Hotel with the Mallet-Stevens chair, and her new design for Emeco was conceived as that chair’s ‘soul mate’.

Chairman of Emeco, Gregg Buchbinder says the chair also references their famous, light-weight aluminium Navy chair. ‘The Morgans project gave us another opportunity to regenerate our 1006 Navy® chair, this time with the doyenne of design.’

The all-aluminium side chair, made out of 80% recycled aluminium and manufactured in Pennsylvania, weighs just 7 pounds, but can carry a load of over 1,000 pounds.

Buchbinder describes Putman as ‘the most stylish woman I have ever known.’

‘Andrée arrived in 6-inch stilettos,’ said Buchbinder. ‘She told me she wanted to do with the Emeco chair what her friend Coco Channel did with the “little black dress” - create a simple, smart, sexy chair that never goes out of style.’

It will be on show at the Milan furniture fair, the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, from 22-27 April.

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