Emeco 1006

In search of the modern Campaign Chest…

The image of a campaign chest conjures up an almost romantic view of war. It was the everyday piece of kit for the British officers during the Georgian and Victorian periods.

It seems so civilised (& a touch batty) to be so determined to not compromise on the quality of one’s life and to cart these chests around with everything from the port decanter to letters from mama, whilst defending the realm.

It got me thinking… what is the modern equivalent?

Surely it has to be the Blackhawk Secretary Truck by Restoration Hardware.



Blackhawk Secretary Trunk (image from Restoration Hardware)

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War & Peace – The Evolution of the Emeco Navy Chair

I have a confession – I love to visit my local Corporate Culture showroom. It is a chance to marvel at truly inspiring furniture design. They have room after room of magic, and the brilliant curators (as I call the staff) can tell you all you want to know about each beautiful piece. This time I was captivated by one of my all time favourite chairs – the Emeco 1006 (pronounced “ten-oh-six”) or better known as the Navy chair.

The Famous Emeco 1006 (aka the Navy Chair)

If chairs were the ancient Greek city states, then the Navy chair would surely be Sparta. It was born for a life at war. Built for function, not beauty. The stories that surround it are legendary. And its place in the list of design classics is as well deserved as the heroic status of the Spartans after the Battle of Thermopylae. Continue reading