Modernica Rocking Chair
$795 – $930
Dimensions (mm): Side Shell: 458 wide x 687 deep x 764 high. 420 seat height or Arm Shell: 636 wide x 694 deep x 687 high. 369 seat height..
Product Materials: Legs: Zinc plated chrome/black steel + solid maple/walnut rails + Shell: Fiberglass – PBDE free (Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers) + Fire safety approved.
Product Fiberglass: Chiffon or Jet Black or Natural or Oatmeal or Terracotta or White.
Rails + Steel: Maple (blonde) + Chrome steel or Maple (blonde) + Black steel or Walnut (dark) + Chrome steel or Walnut (dark) + Black steel.
Arm Rest: Side Shell (no arms) or Arm Shells (arms).
This is it. The iconic Modernica Rocking Chair. There are no pretenders here.
Easily one of the most important and recognisable rocking chairs chairs of all time. Originally designed by Charles and Ray Eames in the 1950’s. The original fibreglass shells formed part of an entry in The Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) International Design Competition.
Modernica Fibreglass Chair Shells
For a more comprehensive explanation of the fibreglass technology used in the making of these chairs, please click here.
In the 1950’s, fibreglass was considered an ultra high-tech material. Importantly, it was both lightweight and heavy duty. Initial development and production came via Zenith Plastics. Zenith were early pioneers of developing fibreglass for military applications. The bases were also cleverly designed to provide a number of leg options. Each leg option is available with a variety of seat shells.
The seat shells were available to purchase in Spring 1950. They were manufactured and distributed until the mid 1980’s. In the late nineties, Modernica revived this ‘lost art’ of high pressure, moulded fibreglass. Modernica creates each shell in their Los Angeles factory, by hand. Just as they had been developed and manufactured in Southern California over 65 years ago.
Manufacturing takes place using the Modernica one-by-one focus. They use all of the presses and specialised equipment from the original Zenith manufacturing plant. To ensure total authenticity, the initial shell production was even overseen by two senior members of the original development team. The guidance from these early 1950s pioneers ensures these Modernica Rocking Chairs are completely authentic.
PodMarket® offers these iconic Modernica rocking chairs in both its forms. Armless (ie: Side Shell) as well as the Arm Shell version. The wire connectors between the timber rails are available in either a chrome or black powder coated finish. The timber rails themselves are also available in either maple (blonde) or walnut (dark). Modernica now also offer their rockers with upholstered fibreglass shells. For further information regarding these upholstered versions, please contact us directly. Also, please contact us if you’d like a fibreglass colour which isn’t listed above – we can get each colour within the range.
Every Modernica Rocking Chair is manufactured in Los Angeles, California. This is designer furniture that’s beautiful, iconic, incredibly robust and very easy to keep clean.
Delivery and lead time
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Delivery method: Client Pick-Up (free); Delivery to Your Door Organised by PodMarket (invoiced separately); Delivery Organised by Client
Lead time: Approximately 8 weeks
* This entire range of fiberglass chairs contain no (PBDE) Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers and all have been fire safety tested and approved.
** Simple assembly required.
Design: Charles + Ray Eames
Made in Los Angeles, USA
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