Gregg Buchbinder – CEO, Emeco
Gregg Buchbinder is part of a family tradition of furniture design and production; his mother, an interior designer and his father, a renowned engineer, founded JBI (www.jbiinteriors.com), a premier manufacturing resource for restaurant interiors in North America. Buchbinder attended University of Southern California (USC), attaining a degree in Business Administration with a minor in design. In 1998, Buchbinder purchased Emeco (www.emeco.net) the exclusive manufacturer of the famous 1006 Navy® Chair and began to transform the historic 1940’s factory and product line into a global source for the best made furniture, marketing through
architects, designers and retailers.
Buchbinder’s ability to work with a wide variety of design personalities led to collaborations with the best architects and designers in the world; Andree Putman, Norman Foster, Ettore Sottsass, Adrian Van Hooydinck of BMW and Michael Young. In 2006 the Coca-Cola Company approached Buchbinder with a problem and soon Emeco and Coca-Cola announced a joint-venture to produce the first ever rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate plastic) chair – an exact replica of the classic Navy Chair. After four years the chair was ready, called 111 Navy Chair because of its composition of at least 111 recycled used plastic bottles.
“Craftsmanship, design and history – that’s what I saw in Emeco. Working with beautiful materials and innovative designers to create surprise and delight – making chairs you never want to throw away – that’s my dream for Emeco,” said Gregg Buchbinder.