platform or spring rockers (a chair that rocks on springs mounted on an immobile base) ..................................................................................................

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other rockers
platform or spring rockers (a chair that rocks on springs mounted on an immobile base, or platform)
had been patented and were in production by the late eighteen and early nineteen-hundreds.
the form continued to be popular into the early 20th century -
some owners thought the platform rocker to be superior to the ordinary rocking chairs
because most rockers were considered hard to place near walls.
very elastic cantilever chairs and hammock rockers
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victorian platform rocking chair
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UNKNOWN DESIGNER
ca. 1880, usa

upholstered victorian platform rocker


thonet bentwood rocking reclining couch,
swinging on iron-bands,
courtesy thonet, frankenberg
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THONET BROTHERS
ca. 1920, austria

whilest with the older models of rockers an eventual uneveness
of the ground made itself felt in a disagreable way, this model is
constructed to be indipendent of the quality of the ground,
on which it is placed.
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cantilever armchair
by harry nolan
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HARRY NOLAN
1922, usa

patented elastic cantilever armchair


hammock rocking chaise longue,
by mies van der rohe
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MIES VAN DER ROHE (1886-1969)
1930, germany

hammock rocker developed during the
bauhaus period.
manufactured by tecta


spring rocker by luis sognot
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LUIS SOGNOT (1892-1970)
1925, france

upholstered spring rocking chair


rattan high back svivel rocking chair
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UNKNOWN DESIGNER,
ca. 1935, indonesia

combination of spring and swivel rocker
a seat which revolves on a fixed frame.
a swivel chair which also rocks.


outdoor rocking chair
by eileen gray
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EILEEN GRAY (1878-1976)
1932, france


hanging rocker
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UNKNOWN
1970, italy

hanging rocker


'broadway 543' spring rocker
by gaetano pesce
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GAETANO PESCE (1939)
2001, italy

the new est version of his spring rocker on 8 legs.
the first design of the broadway chair from1993
had only 4 legs.
manufactured by bernini.


'satala' hammock rocker
by aquacreations
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AQUACREATIONS
2001, israel

ayala serfaty designed the swinging chair (hammock rocker)
which is un-fixed to the floor.


spring rocker by marteen van severen
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MARTEEN VAN SEVEREN
2001, italy

this chair of the belgian designer van severen is pushing
the polycarbonate material to its limits of flexibility.
manufactured by kartell.




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