ROCKING CHAIR

STUART HOUGHTON, ROCKING CHAIR, 1992

LAMINATED AND SOLID GOLDEN SASSAFRAS
780(H) x 550(W) x 850(D) mm

THE WORK

Houghton’s Rocking Chair is a sensitive design, focusing primarily upon its level of functionality, comfort and durability, which are aspects of the design he believes to be of the highest priority. The low back rocker is influenced by the traditional furniture of the 18th century, however Stuart has applied 20th century theories of ergonomics to his piece, resulting in a modern adaptation of a classic design. The rocker features a hand-shaped seat and is protected with a coat of Chinese wood oil.

THE DESIGNER

Stuart Houghton has been designing and making furniture since the start of the 1980s. He now works from a studio at his Hobart home and is also metalwork technician at the University of Tasmania, Centre for the Arts. Stuart has a particular interest in seating. He believes in keeping the aesthetics and appearance simple and not compromising comfort or durability.

“Seating is a pretty broad thing - from couches to chairs and stools. I've always liked that interaction with the human body, the intimacy with it. I find cabinets a bit sterile. A chair has to be comfortable, that's absolutely essential. If they're not comfortable, they're just a piece of sculpture. A chair has to look right too. You can't really divorce function and form, they have to go together”.

Born: 1958, Victoria Australia

Training: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Furniture Design) Honours, University of Tasmania, 1993; Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engineering, TAFE Tasmania, 2001