October 24, 2007

Vitra Doesn't Know Where This Kid Rocking Chair Comes From


Who is running the tour schedule Vitra's exhibition, "Kid-Size: The Material World of Childhood"? That is seriously the hardest-working, slightly self-promotingest exhibition in the museum business. As with so many other things in the baby world, it feels momentous and once-in-a-lifetime when you first discover it in the flush of new parenthood. Only later you come to find out it's been roaming the world's second-tier museums non-stop for over a decade, no newer or groundbreaking than a BabyPlus.

But unlike the BabyPlus, at least Kid-Size is good for something. Exhibition checklists proliferate online, which have new items that get added to the mix [since the catalogue has nothing from after about 1996 in it].

Like this sweet, anonymous children's rocking chair, for example, which is ambiguously dated to the 1930-1940's. Who knows, by now maybe Vitra's folks have identified the designer or the manufacturer, or even the country, and just haven't updated their materials yet. [Like how they keep publishing the wrong date and attribution for Gloria Caranica's Rocking Beauty hobby horse for Creative Playthings.]

Whoever it turns out to be by, if you've got a bandsaw in the garage and a hankerin' to do some knocking off, C-A-L-L M-E. This thing looks nice.


I think it was made with a bandsaw in the garage. I've seen a few of these on the ebays, variations on the "streamline art deco eames era retro rocker". My guess, homemade or some small operation in Pennsylvania or Michigan.

Man, I need to build one of those. So superior to the rockers at Kids R Us, and looks like it would be trivial to build.

I have a 1970's book called "make your own furniture" that i think has a very similar child's rocker.
Of course, the whole book is slot-together ply furniture assembled by this awesome hippie guy with a big beard.

[hippies?? Bloomfield? Williams? whassuup? -ed.]

If the little monsters go to bed at a decent hour tonight, I'll see what i can do about scanning some of the projects for you.

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