Entries in furniture (17)
Dated to the early 1700s, but without any direct connection to its creator, rocking chairs range from simple to ornate in design—but they’re consistently built for comfort. By simply adding curved rails to the legs of a chair, a rocking chair creates movement and comfort beyond its original design.
Rockers comfort psychologically with their rocking motion reminiscent of cradles—quite possibly thoroughly inspired by them—and physically by centering one’s gravity and creating a natural, comfortable position in the seat. During the 1800s, doctors even prescribed rocking for its therapeutic benefits: to ease stress, focus the mind, work muscles and potentially reduce back pain.
The earliest examples were all wood—which made them affordable—and as leisure time increased, the chairs became more popular and more ornate. Wood spindles were turned on a lathe for greater details, painting details were added, and seats and backs were later—or consequentially—woven of wicker, rush, or cane.
For American settlers, they seemed a staple even with many chores and long days. Not surprisingly— and without entertainment in the evenings—many did handiwork such as whittling, knitting, or stitching.
As wealth, material availability, technology and worker’s skills increased, upholstered versions naturally came to the market. The curtis rocker, designed by furniture-maker Jason Lewis, takes cues from many elements of the evolution of rocking chairs—but starts where it all began with a sleek, solid wood frame.
An older apartment—about 110 square feet—located in Carroll Gardens, it’s on a tree-lined residential street with decades old mom and pop shops mixed with new hip joints within walking distance.
Built-in cabinetry had been spared over the years and many previous tenants—and the dark original stain was a rich contrast to glass, chrome, gold and brass accents. Architecturally detailed white walls also contrasted elegantly with sleek modern furniture.
Did we mention location? The building faces a neighborhood park and is graced with large windows which let in loads of natural sunlight and natural scenery—in a comparable vein, glass-topped
tesso desks allow the sunshine to continue through the space while minimizing visual clutter.
For the work spaces, tps file cabinets fit perfectly under the desks and the arched back of the
bubble chairs offer a bit of ergonomic support for long days at a laptop. Completing the look—and function—an ernest bar cart and astilla glasses were at the ready for post-production celebrations.
The October issue of the magazine features before and after pics, as well as design hints from David—check it Out!
Thanks to vance, senior visual merchant east, for being on location during the installation and for contributions to this submission.
Much of the wood used to make the dondra bed is reclaimed from old teak doors, painted windows and doors, beams or flooring from inside old houses that are no longer usable or have been replaced.
Purchased as raw materials by weight, it’s often in a wide range of quality—broken/split, with nail holes, including nails, etc.
While the unusable pieces are discarded, the bulk of the lot is sorted, pieces are laminated together, holes filled with a mix of glue and wood, and finished by sanding and lacquer coating.