February 13, 2008

4-yo Rokke Stingray Rocking Chair Wins Innovation Award

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Thomas Pedersen's Stingray rocking chair was designed in 2004, and has been for sale for at least two years. So when I saw it described on Dwell.com as "NEW" and a winner of the Interior Innovation Award at this year's Cologne Furniture Fair, I was all geared up for a good smugmocking.

But I guess upholstery and finish options count as innovations in Germany, so Dwell's off the hook. In addition to the original plastic, the Stingray [which is called a Rokke in Danish, btw] now comes in molded plywood with oak, walnut, or flashy macassar veneer. And now you can get it with torquey upholstery, too.

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Considering that the original Stingray was made in molded fiberglass, these new ply Stingrays complete the Eames Homage Checklist. All kidding aside, that is one sexy-looking rocker, and the new materials will no doubt appeal to anyone not living in a Bat Cave. But I'd still like to see how people get in and out of that thing. Also, can you balance a bottle on one of those wings, or do you need to sink a cupholder? The answer to that, might be good for another Innovation Award.

Stingray Rocking Chair by Fredericia, now in veneer [fredericia.com via dwell]
Previously: Rokke is Danish for Stingray Rocking Chair

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Probably one of the nicer "Eames-inspired" designs I've seen recently, although it always struck me as having probably a fairly large footprint - not ideal for a small apartment or tiny SoCal ranch. Likes the bent ply and fabric version, though.

[the fabric gives it a bit of the Bertoia Diamond Chair feeling. in a good way. -ed.]

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