Name: Rocking Chair
Designer: Brendan Gallagher
For many people, rocking chairs conjure up images of elderly couples sitting side-by-side on a front porch, grandparents sitting in their rockers telling grand tales, or a parent soothing a fussy infant on a cradle rocker. These chairs are intrinsically comfortable because, when a user sits in one without rocking, the chair automatically rocks backwards until the sitter’s center of gravity is met, thus granting an ergonomic benefit. It is not known who originally invented the rocking chair, but what is known is that rocking chairs originated in North America in the early 18th century.
Brendan Gallagher of Canmore, Alberta, has designed his own version of the classic rocker. Rocking chairs and young professionals generally do not go together and that is exactly the stigma that Brendan wanted to break; something that would appropriately fit in a modern home.
Solid walnut (which is finished with an application of natural wax) forms the base and arms of the rocking chair. The upholstered seat is supported by a wire mesh which is woven on a loom that is typically used for industrial applications. The assembled arms are bolted to the seat and back using concealed fixtures which gives the rocking chair a very clean look. All in all, it is a evoking piece of furniture that is cleverly engineered and well designed.