Emeco’s new line of stools is handcrafted with a sleek, modern design. These handcrafted, beautifully modern stools are guaranteed for life, made with recycled materials and maintain a small carbon footprint. In fact, the new Za stools have the smallest carbon footprint of any Emeco product.

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Two images. On the left, a person in all black holding an aluminum chair in the air upside down. To the right, the same person posing next to the stool sitting on the ground.

Named after the Japanese word “za,” which means “a place to sit,” Za stools are constructed through a complicated 77-step process. Designed by Naoto Fukasawa, these stools are made with square aluminum tubing and round seats to create a simple, sleek design.

Two images. On the left, a short blue stool with books on top. To the right, a red/orange stool with a bowl of fruit on it.

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Made to look good wherever you put them, these stools work both indoors and outdoors. Plus, the round seats are made with a defied rim that helps you stay in place while sitting. Three heights are available: small, counter height and bar height.

Two images. On the left, three stools in blue, black and white, with a potted plant sitting on the black stool. To the right, three stools in white, green and beige in front of a wood wall.

Aluminum is lightweight, strong and non-corrosive. The material is also fireproof and stands up to disinfectant and cleaning solutions. Available in several finish options, you can choose from hand-polished, hand-brushed anodized and natural. Or, choose from six different powder coat colors to get stools in warm grey, light brown, green, orange, charcoal or light blue. In the powder coat and hand-brushed finishes, these stools are ready to withstand the wear and tear of the outside world.

A display of colorful stools, with an aluminum stool tipped over in front of the bunch.

Emeco has been making furniture with recycled materials for 76 years. The company’s motto reflects this, stating “begin with what’s left over, turn it into what will last.” The brand’s story began during the dark days of WWII when the Navy faced a shortage of chairs. Emeco answered the call to serve, creating the 1006 Navy Chair in 1944. This chair was built by hand using scrap aluminum. Emeco has been making furniture out of aluminum ever since. With designs this strong, Emeco stands by its lifetime guarantee for each item.

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