If there’s an item of furniture sure to bring a wave of nostalgia, it’s the rocking chair. Making its way into homes around the globe, the humble rocker first appeared in America in the 18th century, proudly dubbed the nation’s favourite chair. It’s not known who exactly invented the chair — or when — but some records point to the hands of US inventor Benjamin Franklin. Initially, the rocking chair began entering hospitals and health care facilities, before a liking for the chair grew into the homes and verandas symbolic of America’s South.
The first prominent rocking chair design was the Windsor Chair, with its low loop back and narrow arms resembling a dining chair. Alongside the classic shaker style farmer’s slat back, other variations like the Salem rocker and Boston rocker soon followed, eminent by elegant high comb backs and thick scroll seats. Moving away from the timber staple, designers in the late 19th century began experimenting with wicker, fitting to both the inside and out.