I’d met Gregg Buchbinder, the owner of Emeco, a few times and liked him, before he asked me to design a chair for the company which is famous for the all-aluminium Navy Chair that it’s been making for about seventy years now. The formula we came up with was to do a seat shell in the wood-filled plastic they’d developed and to have the legs made in wood by an Amish supplier they have in the US. I drew the shell shape remembering the classic cane café chairs you still see on Parisian pavements with rounded backs and flat seats. We grew the family with a lower-backed bar stool and a three-seat bench for waiting areas.
Extracted from A Book of Things by Jasper Morrison (Lars Müller Publishers, 2015)
Alfi can also come with a removable upholstered cover.