In 1862 Michael Thonet and his sons took part in the World’s Fair in London and presented – alongside models considered milestones in the history of design, such as chair number 14 – the first rocking chair manufactured using steam-bent beech, the first in a long series of models and millions of rockers that relaxed men, women and children for more than a century. Dedicated to this particular piece of furniture produced by the Thonet house is this volume, which traces its evolution from 1860 to 1900. Chapters trace the history of the rocking chair from its American origins to its landing in Europe, where it spread rapidly thanks to Michael Thonet’s experience, high professionalism and entrepreneurial skills.
The rocking chair, which the technique adopted by Thonet allowed to be made in light and sinuous forms, was so successful throughout the century that it began to be replicated by several competing houses. The last chapter of the book is devoted to the production of one particular model, namely the rocking chair for children. The volume is accompanied by a bibliography.