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on June 23, 2013

Pictured here is an authentic Emeco Navy Chair (on the right) and a "Naval Chair" from Restoration Hardware. "They not only copied our chair but they stole our identity," said Buchbinder—referring to the company's allusions, in their catalog copy, to the long history of the 1940's-era aluminum chair. Emeco sued Restoration Hardware—and won a settlement earlier this year. As part of that settlement, Restoration Hardware had to stop producing the knockoff, and recycle those that were already produced. Emeco snagged one of them, and brought it onstage for the Dwell on Design talk. The chair on the right, Emeco's original, is handmade by 54 craftspeople in Hanover, Pennsylvania, through a 77-step process that includes a heat treatment which arranges the molecules to T6 in hardness and a thick anodized finish (the reason the Navy Chair comes with a lifetime guarantee). The company works with top designers and uses recycled waste to make a high-quality, sustainable product that's built to last. The chair on the left is produced overseas, and its quality isn't guaranteed.

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