Rocking Chair / April 28, 2018 / Jodie Gilmore
Michael Thonet, a German craftsman, created the first bentwood rocking chair in 1860. This design is distinguished by its graceful shape and its light weight. Thonet used bent steamed wood for these rocking chairs. Because of their affordability and beautiful design, bentwood rocking chairs not only became famous around the world but spawned countless imitators as well. Neoclassical designs also became a trend in the US during the 1890s. These rocking chairs were influenced by Greek and Roman designs as well as Renaissance and colonial era artistry. During the 1920s, however, folding rocking chairs became more popular in the US and in Europe. They were handy for outdoor activities and travel purposes. By the 1950s, rocking chairs built by Sam Maloof, a US craftsman, became famous for their durability and deluxe appearance. Maloof's rocking chairs are distinguished by their ski-shaped rockers.
The rocking motion relieves stress. Yes, your child can be stressed out by your going to the grocers and leaving her behind with the nanny or with older siblings. She could be pressured by the demands to eat her vegetables or stop bedwetting. If you notice her reverting to thumb sucking, nose-picking, and hair twirling - that's it. She's stressed out.
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