SU Collection by Nendo for Emeco

Nendo knocks it out with another collaboration that’s definitely worthy of featuring. The Japanese firm partnered with Emeco, you know, the makers of the very famous Navy chair, to create the SU Collection of stools and tables which feature the same awesomeness that goes into other Emeco designs – they’re built with recycled and reclaimed materials.


All Emeco’s designs are built to last and the latest collection is no exception. They feature the same precise engineering and use new, eco-conscious materials in the process. The stools and tables even have the “Emeco bones” that their iconic chairs have had since 1944.


The collection’s name, SU, comes from the Japanese concept ‘su’, which means simple, plain, minimal, which all fall in line with Nendo’s aesthetic.


The Recycled Polyethylene seats are made of 75% post-industrial and 25% post-consumer content that is shaped through rotation molding. These come in three colors – red, flint gray, and dark charcoal gray.


Reclaimed solid oak sourced from old barns in the United States was used and carved by Amish craftsmen in Pennsylvania. Each piece is completely unique and reflects parts of its past life.



The stools with concrete seats are made of eco-concrete that consists of 50% recycled glass bottles and CSA (calcium sulfoaluminate cement) which takes a lot less energy to make.


Some of the bases are made using Emeco’s traditional material – recycled aluminum – that comes in either natural or a black anodized finish. You can also get the legs in reclaimed oak.


All of the stools made with the Recycled Polyethylene and Eco-Concrete seats with natural or black anodized legs can be used outdoors.





Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.