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.
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.
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.
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 $895 is a guide price.
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.
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.
And one last one if you are on a budget…
Nebel retro rocking chair at JYSK
You might recall I did a 20 budget midcentury modern designs at JYSK round-up a while back, which was a good indicator of how many decent and affordable retro designs there are at that store.
And yes, they do a rocking chair too. The Nebel isn’t as stylised as some, but it has a smart retro look that will fit effortlessly into any interior inspired by the 1950s or 1960s.
A curved seat, wooden rockers on metal legs and a price of just £179.99.