Rocking Chair by Brendan Gallagher

October 7, 2012

Canadian industrial design student Brendan Gallagher has sent us images of his rocking chair.


Description from the designer:

For this project, I was tasked with creating a piece of furniture based on the stylistic qualities of a fashion designer. I chose to investigate Toronto’s own Bustle clothing because of their combination of crisp silhouettes, patterns, and colorful highlights. These qualities were especially apparent in their fun and playful Fall/Winter 2011/2012 collection. With these aesthetics in mind I set forth to create a piece of furniture that would appeal to a young professional and fit comfortably in any modern home.

Solid walnut forms the curved back and arms of this rocking chair. The upholstered seat is supported by wire mesh, which is woven on a loom and typically used for industrial applications. The mesh is finished with a textured powder coat in an effort to contrast the smooth finish of the walnut. The metal frames are then sandwiched between the two halves of the walnut arms. The assembled arms are bolted to the seat and back using concealed fixtures. Subsequently, all of the walnut parts are finished with an application of a clear natural wax and the upholstered foam cushion is attached. The combination of dramatic proportions and the low slung seat contribute to the rocking chair’s comfort and unique modern aesthetic.


Designer: Brendan Gallagher