DWR People: Touring the Emeco Factory.


Over the next few weeks we’ll introduce you to some of the folks at Design Within Reach. In the “hot” seat this week is Kari, who’s in charge of Classic products.

“I recently toured the Emeco factory in Pennsylvania, where I saw 1006 Navy Chairs being made from start to finish. Sixty-five years of history can be seen everywhere in this facility, like the railroad tracks on the factory floor, recalling a time when trains pulled into the center of the building to pick up chairs for government orders. But it is the people at the Emeco factory that really bring this place to life. There is a sense of heritage, craftsmanship, family, community and dedication at Emeco. They all seem to have a ‘let’s not do it unless we do it right’ attitude, and they inspect each chair as though their life depended on it.

“We just launched the 1006 Navy Chair with a wood seat and I think it is a testament to Emeco’s ability to stay relevant without sacrificing the traditions that have made them a success. They have proven that if you stick to a design that works, and materials that are honest and continue to hone your craft, then you’ve got a product (and a customer) that will last a lifetime.”

– Kari W. DWR Classics Dept.