Feel Good Home: 12 Gorgeous Versions of the Timeless Rocking Chair
Forget those folksy associations and prepare to be swayed by the best rocking chairs, combining contemporary style with old-school comfort
The clean lines of 1950s design expressed in a rocking chair make for a very beautiful piece. Find a rocker that channels the spirit of this period and bring it up to date by reupholstering the seat pad in a chic, contemporary fabric.
Wood is not the only material that can be used for a rocking chair. This interesting example has a steel frame covered with woven banana fibre, a by-product of the banana growing industry.
This lovely rocking chair, with woven seat and backrest and timber frame, is beautifully simple and timeless. It brings a warm, artisanal feel to any space, but looks particularly pleasing in this setting, simply decorated in fresh white with timber a key detail.
Forget the heavy wooden designs that often come to mind when you imagine a rocking chair and opt for something beautifully light and contemporary. This elegant steel design by midcentury English designer Ernest Race preceded his Antelope chair and is now a super-desirable design icon.
The Shakers loved a rocking chair, but this Shaker-style piece looks wonderfully current painted a bold red. It slots beautifully into this industrial kitchen space, proving just how versatile a rocker can be.
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Charles and Ray Eames’ gorgeous RAR rocking chair is another midcentury modern classic. Made with a moulded, recyclable polypropylene shell, it has a braced wire base and two wooden rockers finished with clear varnish. Combining grace with comfort, it never dates.
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Source a super-shiny rocking chair and let it make a bold statement in any scheme. This simple carver chair is transformed with rockers and then sent into super-glam orbit with a deliriously glossy finish.
Even the most trad wooden rocker can get a funky new feel with a coat of bright paint. This pair of rocking chairs look contemporary thanks to a turquoise paint job, but have a design and shape that is pleasingly traditional.
What can be better than a rocking chair? Two rocking chairs! Sit them side by side for companionable, soothing relaxation.
Perhaps this rocking chair is wonderfully comfortable, but frankly, when it looks this exciting, who cares? This is the Voido rocking chair by Ron Arad. It’s made from polyethylene and suitable for use outside, too.
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