The Eames RAR (rocking armchair rod) Rocker is a perfect example of timelessness in design: it could’ve been created in 2009 in a boutique workshop in São Paulo (it wasn’t), or it could’ve been born in a crazy Renaissance-style think-tank/24-hour carnival/cultural epicenter in California for a competition at the MoMA six decades ago (it was). It’s equal parts earthy/traditional (maple rockers, small footprint) and modern/industrial (bright-yellow fiberglass shell, steel base). It looks just as good outside on the deck as it does in a hyper-modern office, and looks even better when it’s rocking a newborn baby to sleep.
It’s also incredibly comfortable.
We got ours about a month ago at Machine Age, which is probably the coolest store on the planet. Some years ago, Herman Miller (the manufacturer) decided to switch to plastic shells (in the name of environmental soundness). Ours, though, is the original fiberglass, and it’s got a wonderful texture.
I hope this stays in our family for generations. I hope our great-grandchildren park their hoverboards to stare at it, wide-eyed, believing that they’ve witnessed something sent back from the future to enthrall them.