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Za Small Stool

by Naoto Fukasawa, from emeco

za small stool

za small stool

Design Naoto Fukasawa, 2021
Recycled aluminum - hand brushed, polished or powder-coated
Made in USA by Emeco

"Za comes from the soul of Emeco - made for lifetimes of use, with a minimum carbon footprint." -Gregg Buchbinder

Za is a family of stools in three heights, handcrafted from recycled aluminum and guaranteed for life. "Za" means "a place to sit" in Japanese - a name that speaks to the multi-functionality of a simple stool that can be used anywhere, indoors and outdoors. A simple and timeless stool, built for lifetimes of use, to be kept, cherished and passed on for generations.

Za is a modest and humble stool created by Naoto Fukasawa, whose focus is on purposeful simplicity - a perfect combination with Emeco's heritage in aluminum craftsmanship. The stools are made by hand at Emeco's factory in Hanover, Pennsylvania and are guaranteed for life.

Za is yet another example of Emeco's sustainability commitments, made from 80% recycled aluminum, offering endless recyclability, an extraordinary long lifespan and very low carbon footprint. The stools are Ansi-Bifma tested, VOC certified.

The stools are offered in natural aluminum with matte hand-brushed or hand-polished finish as well as six powder coat colors that reflect the joyful spirit of the collection. Hand-brushed and powder coated stools are suitable for outdoor use.

17.875" w | 17.875" d | 18.75" h | 4.25 lbs.

$420.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(usually ships in 1-2 weeks. Please allow 8-10 weeks for polished)

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Naoto Fukasawa

Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa (b. 1956) graduated from Tama Art University in 1980 and quickly began working as a designer for the Seiko-Epson corporation. He came to the United States in 1989 and started working for the then upstart ID Two company, which employed only 15 people at the time. In 1996, he helped to set up their Tokyo office and served as its head while they became known as IDEO. Fukasawa remained with the company until 2003 when he established his own company, Naoto Fukasawa Design. To focus on household appliances and sundries, he created the ±0 brand, but was also becoming well known around the same time for products such as MUJI’s CD player (which is in MoMA’s permanent collection), mobile phones “Infobar” and “Neon,” as well as new works with Italian companies B&B Italia, Driade, Magis, Artemide, Danese, and Boffi.

Founded in 1944 by Wilton C. Dinges, the Electrical Machine and Equipment Company (Emeco) holds on tightly to their foundation of craftsmanship, utilitarian design, and history. Their origins lie in a collaboration with the aluminum giant Alcoa to develop an indestructible and useful chair for military use in Navy submarines and warships. Today Emeco is led by CEO Gregg Buchbinder who sums up their vision as design plus craftsmanship. Looking toward the future, Buchbinder has brought in Philippe Starck and Frank Gehry. With Starck, they developed the Hudson Chair. With Gehry, they created the acclaimed Superlight chair. In 2008, Emeco launched the Nine-O Collection by Ettore Sottsass and in the following year the Morgans chair by Andree Putman, designed for the restored Morgans Hotel.

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