Letter Back Rocker Rocking Chair by Stoel Burrowes

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Letter Back Rocker

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Rocking Chair

INSPIRATION:
The use of Windsor Technology with rocking action compliments the unusual juxtaposition of parts. The economy of manufacture is made strong by the use of woods that best take and transmit the strengths of each part.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Hardwood Rocking Chair with Oak legs and spindles, Ash Crest, Poplar Seat, Holly Rockers and Myrtle Arms assembles in the manner of Windsor Chairs. The Red Rubber sole on the Rockers creates a smooth and quiet action. The Front Legs pass through the seat with a wider step-out under the seat providing strong support for cantilevered seat.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Sit back and rock to your favorite music or read your current book. The motion of the rocker curves is softened with the red rubber soles. Both sitter and viewer are transformed through the intellectual challenge of the simple but intricate form into simple but complex lightness of being.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The design of this Letter Back Rocker encompassed a 2 year process of experimentation in ergonomics, materials and joinery. Finished in December of 2018, in North Carolina USA, the addition of the Red Sole counter-balances the natural Myrtle branches of the arm sparking the delight of rocking.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The challenge to make a rocking chair iteration of an existing "A" Back Chair made for a two year process of multiple rocker and arm experiments. Human Factors, stability and function mixed with rightness, fit and surprise. The use of Solid Woods was a given for me and the choice of woods was dictated by properties of strength, resilience and shaping.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
width: 74cm, 29" X depth: 74cm, 29" X height: 92.5cm, 36.5" Solid Wood: Oak Spindles and Legs, Poplar Seat, Ash Crest, Holly Rockers, Crape Myrtle Arms, Red Rubber Rocker Sole Windsor Technology: Glued Mortise and Tenon, Thru Mortise and Tenon, Open Mortise and Tenon with wooden Pins Seat rests on 'Shelf' under thru Tenon. Seat is shaped on Computer Numerically Controlled Router. Legs and Spindles are lathe turned and final fit with Spoke Shave. Finished with Oil and Wax.

TAGS:
Rocker, Solid Wood, Traditional, Windsor, Red Sole, Comfortable, Arm Chair

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Research can begin with Making. Making a chair, making a poem, "From Greek poetes, ‘maker, poet’, from poiein ‘create’. Material, joinery and finish are the language of making. 40 years of research into elements of furniture making have mixed with poetry, literature, astronomy and sciences to invest each furniture piece with a balance of "Commodity, Firmness and Delight."

CHALLENGE:
The comfort, structure and elegance of the traditional Windsor Rocking Chair are challenged to be re-ordered in their meaning and purpose. The "King Post' and 'Front Leg' are one piece of White Oak with ledge under the Poplar Seat for firmness. Extensive study of Windsor traditional materials and construction allowed the designer/maker to create a folly of parts with commodity and delight.

ADDED DATE:
2019-01-25 18:29:39

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Stoel Burrowes, 2018.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
SB Design

PROFILE:
SB Design makes poetic speculation into form, function and space. Our mission is the design, construction and delivery of fine object. SB Design envisions a world of tolerance, generosity and beauty. Our vision is embodied in physical form both material and word. Especially using the intelligence of the hand and the Vetruvian triumvirate of Firmness, Commodity and Delight.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Letter Back Rocker Rocking Chair by Stoel Burrowes is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Letter Back Rocker Rocking Chair by Stoel Burrowes is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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