Victoria Bentwood Rocking Chair

Victoria Bentwood Rocking Chair

Victoria Bentwood Rocking Chair

Hi Grace, I just discovered your blog today & I’ve enjoyed reading some of your older posts. When I read this one, I had to contact you. For my first apartment back in the mid 70’s (I’m dating myself.) I had a dinet set that consisted of a bentwood table & 4 bentwood cafe chairs. And when I was pregnant, I bought a bentwood rocker. I got rid of each piece in the early 90’s. It never ceases to amaze me how they are popular again. But the rocker was so uncomfortable. I’m sure your mom will agree. It wasn’t the best chair for rocking a baby. But thank you for the fun memory!
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Victoria Bentwood Rocking Chair

Mary October 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm # Hi Grace, I just discovered your blog today & I’ve enjoyed reading some of your older posts. When I read this one, I had to contact you. For my first apartment back in the mid 70’s (I’m dating myself.) I had a dinet set that consisted of a bentwood table & 4 bentwood cafe chairs. And when I was pregnant, I bought a bentwood rocker. I got rid of each piece in the early 90’s. It never ceases to amaze me how they are popular again. But the rocker was so uncomfortable. I’m sure your mom will agree. It wasn’t the best chair for rocking a baby. But thank you for the fun memory!
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Victoria Bentwood Rocking Chair

Michael Thonet (1796-1871), is known as the German-Austrian inventor of the process of bentwood production, recognized by flowing forms and the resulting lightweight product.  He first opened his furniture cabinetry workshop in 1819 in a rural Austrian town, where in 1830, he experimented with bending steamed wood to create furniture.  The wood is heated with water vapour and then bent into the desired shape, which gives the pieces their particular charm.  In 1853, he founded the the Austrian company ‘Gebrueder Thonet’.  Mihael Thonet received a patent in 1856 for the process of bentwood manufacturing, when he and his five sons began to produce innovative ‘bentwood’ furniture.
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Victoria Bentwood Rocking Chair

Michael Thonet, a German craftsman, created the first bentwood rocking chair in 1860. This design is distinguished by its graceful shape and its light weight. These rocking chairs were influenced by Greek and Roman designs as well as Renaissance and colonial era artistry.
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Victoria Bentwood Rocking Chair

Though American inventor Benjamin Franklin is sometimes credited with inventing the rocking chair, historians actually trace the rocking chair’s origins to North America during the early 18th century, when Franklin was a child. Originally used in gardens, they were simply ordinary chairs with rockers attached. It was in 1725 that early rocking chairs first appeared in England. The production of wicker rocking chairs reached its peak in America during the middle of the 18th century. These wicker rockers, as they were popularly known, were famous for their craftsmanship and creative designs.
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Victoria Bentwood Rocking Chair

President John F. Kennedy made the P & P Chair Company’s rocking chair famous. In 1955, Kennedy, who suffered with chronic back problems, was prescribed swimming and the use of a rocking chair by his physician. The President so enjoyed the rocker that, after he was inaugurated in 1961, he took the chair on Air Force One when he traveled around the country and the world. He bought additional rockers for Camp David and for the Kennedy estates; and he gave them as gifts to friends, family, and heads of state. Kennedy’s rocking chair from the White House is on permanent display at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.
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Victoria Bentwood Rocking Chair

Rocking Chair A contemporary, wooden rocking chair. The frame finished in beautiful brown. Faux leather upholstery in black, with padded head rest. Very comfortable, modern style rocking chair – perfect as a gift too.
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Victoria Bentwood Rocking Chair

Rocking Chair A contemporary, wooden rocking chair. The frame finished in beautiful brown. Faux leather upholstery in black, with padded head rest. Very comfortable, modern style rocking chair – perfect as a gift too.Found by MrMadelineJohnson+131
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It is no secret that I love pretty antiques and well-designed vintage furniture.  Something I really appreciate when I find things I think are special, is that these pieces were the maker’s artwork.  Time and thought and scrupulous detail were all part of the process that would create something useful, comfortable, lovely and lasting.  So the next time you see a bentwood rocker, I hope you see more than “Mom or Grandma’s old rocking chair”, I hope you think of Michael Thonet and his five sons, experimenting in their little shop in Austria.  Steaming and bending and creating something different and beautiful.  A classic furniture style.  One we are still using more than 150 years later.
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A rocking chair or rocker is a type of chair with two curved bands (also known as rockers) attached to the bottom of the legs, connecting the legs on each side to each other. The rockers contact the floor at only two points, giving the occupant the ability to rock back and forth by shifting their weight or pushing lightly with their feet. Rocking chairs are most commonly made of wood. Some rocking chairs can fold.
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During the 1920s, however, folding rocking chairs became more popular in the United States and in Europe. They were handy for outdoor activities and travel purposes. By the 1950s, rocking chairs built by Sam Maloof, an American craftsman, became famous for their durability and deluxe appearance. Maloof’s rocking chairs are distinguished by their ski-shaped rockers.
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**I bought a rocker like this to upcycle. I am planning to do a glossy black on the wood and gray/white chevron upholstery. If you are interested in it, let me know, especially if you'd like different colors !** (laura) Thonet/ Bentwood Style Revamped
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**I bought a rocker like this to upcycle. I am planning to do a glossy black on the wood and gray/white chevron upholstery. If you are interested in it, let me know, especially if you'd like different colors !** (laura) Thonet/ Bentwood Style Revamped Found by BarnesMaria+35
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The pieces became known for being practical, inexpensive and refined.  By 1900, the Thonet family had 52 assembly-line production factories in Europe, and was the world’s major manufacturer of bentwood furniture.  After his patents for the process expired in 1869, imitations abounded and still do.  Some consider him the founder of modern furniture design.  You probably will recognize another design of his, the one that made him famous.
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Mary, I so enjoyed reading your comment! Thank you for sharing your “History of Bentwood Furniture”.
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Grace October 11, 2012 at 6:08 pm # Mary, I so enjoyed reading your comment! Thank you for sharing your “History of Bentwood Furniture”.
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Melissa January 21, 2013 at 8:16 am # Grace, like Mary I bought a bentwood rocker in 1977. It was the very first piece of furniture I ever bought. Also like Mary I sold it at a yard sale in the 80s. It just took up too much space in small houses like the one I could afford in California in the 80s. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
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Thank you for introducing me to the artsy frames of these wonderful rocking chairs, Grace! One of the things I appreciate most in your posts is how you do the homework for people, so they can achieve the look themselves, especially when they don’t know where to start. Like in this post, you linked up a rocking chair currently for sale on eBay and then gave some tips on how to help someone make it their own. I’m learning so many new things through this blog about the world of design. Great job, Grace. Keep it up.
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Kat September 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm # Thank you for introducing me to the artsy frames of these wonderful rocking chairs, Grace! One of the things I appreciate most in your posts is how you do the homework for people, so they can achieve the look themselves, especially when they don’t know where to start. Like in this post, you linked up a rocking chair currently for sale on eBay and then gave some tips on how to help someone make it their own. I’m learning so many new things through this blog about the world of design. Great job, Grace. Keep it up.

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