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Five of the best midcentury modern rocking chairs

Jemima mid-century rocking chair at Arlo and Jacob
Jemima mid-century rocking chair at Arlo and Jacob

Fancy kicking back and taking it easy? Check out my five of the best midcentury modern rocking chairs, all perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Jemima mid-century rocking chair at Arlo and Jacob
Jemima mid-century rocking chair at Arlo and Jacob

1. Jemima mid-century rocking chair at Arlo and Jacob

This one has just landed, although it could have landed in 1960.

A lovely MCM design with some Scandi influence, it has foam, piped cushions for’ an unparalleled level of comfort’ a solid beech frame with four stain options and plenty of finishes for the fabric. £535 for this one.

Find out more at the Arlo and Jacob website

 

1960s Josef Chierowski-designed 366 rocking chair
1960s Josef Chierowski-designed 366 rocking chair

2. 1960s Josef Chierowski-designed 366 rocking chair

This is actually based on an original 1960s design, but one that has been reissued and is now available in the UK.

The 366 first appeared in Poland back in 1962, but this is a modern-era tweak, keeping the classic look of the chair, but adding in some rocking functionality to great effect. A wooden frame, a choice of nine cloths and each piece hand-finished by a team of specialists in Poland. £590 for this seat.

Find out more at the Rose & Grey website

 

Soto rocking chair at Joybird
Soto rocking chair at Joybird

3. Soto rocking chair at Joybird

US midcentury specialist Joybird actually offers four rocking chairs, so I’m a little spoilt for choice really. But the Soto wins the day.

I just like its over-styled look, not least when it comes to those pointed armrests. Fabric or leather options for this one in terms of the seating, with the frame available in walnut, cherry or maple. The first of those definitely being the strongest finish. Prices might vary according to finish, but $749 is a guide price.

Find out more at the Joybird website

 

Retrostar 1950s-style Lounge Rocker
Retrostar 1950s-style Lounge Rocker

4. Retrostar 1950s-style Lounge Rocker

The arms have the look of the one above, but the Retrostar Lounge Rocker is very much its own design and appealing because of the price.

That’s because this one is currently marked down from a price already cheaper than most of the competition. So worth a look on that front.

But beyond cost, this is a vintage-style rocker with a midcentury modern look in a huge range of colours, each one handcrafted by Sternzeit Design. A strong wooden frame, some retro shades for the upholstery and a substantial seat too. Originally £383, this one now sells for £346.

Find out more at the Bombinate website

 

Stanton rocking chair at John Lewis and Partners
Stanton rocking chair at John Lewis and Partners

5. Stanton rocking chair at John Lewis and Partners

You can always rely on John Lewis to have something of good quality in the retro line and sure enough, the Stanton rocking chair is here.

We are looking at a bit of a Scandinavian influence here, with some subtle curving to the frame rather than the bold angles that tend to feature. A chunky seat too, with plenty of upholstery options to choose from.

£599 if you fancy this one in your home.

Find out more at the John Lewis website

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