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February 3, 2023

Naoto Fukasawa x Emeco

One of the world's greatest designers collaborated with nonpareil maker of aluminum chairs et al Emeco to create these new stools.

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The Za Collection by Naoto Fukasawa for Emeco is a joyful union between design and craftsmanship.

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The family of stools are handcrafted in the Emeco factory in Hanover, Pennsylvania, following a unique 77-step process involving hands, eyes, and hearts.

Wrote Rain Noe on Core77:

Emeco's Gorgeous Aluminum Za Stools, Designed by Naoto Fukasawa

Handmade in Pennsylvania, these will last forever

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Made from recycled aluminum (which can itself be recycled), these stools come in three heights.

Finishes include hand-brushed and clear anodized, powder-coated in a choice of six colors, and a stunning (and stunningly expensive) hand-polished version that is also clear-anodized.

Aside from finishes, you can opt to add seat pads made from Merino wool felt ($130) or vegetable-tanned leather ($235).

The seats for all three sizes have the same 17.875" (45cm) diameter.

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The short stool provides a seating height of 18.75" (48cm), while the counter-height stool is 25" (64cm) and the bar height is 30" (76cm).

Whether hand-brushed or powder-coated with a color, the prices are the same: $590 for the short stool, while the counter- and bar-height models aren't much more at $640.

However, the hand-polished models (below) — the company says the process is done three times and takes eight hours — nearly doubles the price regardless of model.

American labor ain't cheap!

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From $590.

February 3, 2023 at 08:01 AM | Permalink


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