In collaboration with British designer, Michael Young, this new collection (called Lancaster) from American company, Emeco, will debut this April in Milan at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile and will be available for order in May 2010. The combination of carved ash and aluminum is a whole new look for Emeco and I like it! Young paired the two materials after learning that Emeco partners with an Amish factory in Lancaster PA, where the ash wood components could be produced. He is "passionate about working with natural materials that live for ever" and considers wood and metal two that humans easily connect with. Also to note, the chairs can be stacked five high - smart for a space that needs flexible seating!
On the horizon for Emeco is a chair made from recycled plastic that will retail for a fraction of the price of the already affordable and classic Navy collection. I'll keep you posted about that as more details become available!