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Riart Rocker

from Knoll

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riart rocker

Design Carlos Riart, 1982
Solid lumber, laminated runners & arms, upholstery
Made in USA by Knoll

Following the success of the Nakashima chair and the design trend towards a more residential look and feel, KnollStudio reintroduces the Riart Rocker.

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the design of the Barcelona Pavilion, Knoll selected Carlos Riart, the Barcelona-based industrial designer, to design a piece of furniture. Knoll's design brief specified only that the piece be a "lounge chair object" and that it should be strongest in profile to match the character of Mies's iconic chair from 1929. Riart's chair was considered a successful tribute to its forebear, dramatic in form and exquisite in hand-finished industrial execution.

The chair is reintroduced in two versions: American Walnut with light lacquer finish or medium Figured English Sycamore. Both versions have decorative inlays (Mother of Pearl for light Walnut or ebony inlays for Sycamore), an instance of postmodern craft enhancing utility.

24.25" w | 42.5" d | 38.25" h | seat: 21" h | arms: 24.5" h | 25lbs.

$4,451.00 + free shipping
(please allow 8-12 weeks for this special chair to be created and shipped to your location)


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Hans Knoll, the son of a pioneer German furniture manufacturer, founded the Knoll company in New York City in 1938, one year after immigrating from Germany. He hired Florence Schust, a Cranbrook graduate who had worked for Gropius and Breuer, and the two were married in 1946. The next year, they opened a textiles division and showroom that was flanked with some of the worlds leading designers. Knoll would triumph thanks to impressive international contacts, gaining exclusive rights to the works of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and producing them to their original specifications. This included the 1929 Barcelona Chair. They also commissioned Eero Saarinen to design the now iconic Tulip chair, and hold the rights to Marcel Breuer's seminal Wassily Chair. Artists such as Harry Bertoia, Jens Risom, and Isamu Noguchi would also collaborate with Knoll.


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