The Nine-O by Ettore Sottsass
(Giancarlo La Giorgia, Globe and Mail) Ettore Sottsass Jr., the Italian design titan who died in December at the age of 90, produced a varied array of objects over his long career, but it's his last contribution to posterity - Emeco's Nine-O chair, named for his age when he designed it - that is currently exciting design types worldwide.
First shown at the Milan Furniture Fair in April and now available in North America, the Nine-O is a reimagination of Emeco's all-aluminum 1006 Navy chair, which was built for submarines during the Second World War and then used in hospitals, prisons and schools. Over time, it also became a favourite of architects and designers, who started bringing it into their studios and homes.
The new Nine-O line, which includes swivel chairs, stackable models and stools, is "an evolution of [that] classic design," says Dan Forgelson, Emeco's sales and marketing manager. "We assumed this was going to be more of a commercial launch, but we found a surprising reception from the residential market."