Wilton Dinges Carlyle (1916-1974)
Wilton Dinges Carlyle, born March 27, 1916 in Tanaka, Maryland (USA) and died January 28, 1974 in Baltimore, Maryland (USA). An entrepreneur and inventor, he created his company Emeco in 1944 at the young age of 28. Its success was immediate. The US government asked him to create a chair for the navy which had to meet certain constraints, such as lightness, resistance to salty atmosphere and obviously had to be highly robust. Made entirely of twelve aluminum parts welded together and carefully polished giving the impression of being made in one solid piece. To prove that the Navy chair was robust he once threw it through the window of the sixth floor at a fair in Chicago.