800(H) x 1920(W) x 910(D) mm


The Plied Rocker is a chaise-lounge for relaxation and thought. Ancher’s purpose in this piece was to add a sense of volume to a sheet material such as plywood. The construction technique uses halving joints and takes advantage of the inherent structural nature of plywood (strength from laminations). At the same time it makes a feature of the laminations in a decorative sense. The Plied Rocker has the capacity to be flat-packed.


Ancher moved to Tasmania from Newcastle, NSW as a child in 1980. He studied Furniture Design at the University of Tasmania (UTAS), completing an Honours degree in 2000. He worked from the Designer Makers Cooperative workshop in North Hobart, where he developed a successful practice specialising in one off commissioned work and interior fit-outs before moving to Launceston in order to study Environmental Design. Ancher is currently Program Director of Furniture Design for the school of Architecture & Design, UTAS, Launceston. Through his practice, Simon Ancher Studio, he is developing his own furniture range as well as undertaking commission work including public art and seating. Ancher’s work is informed by the use of appropriate materials over style and is inspired by observation.

“As a designer I feel it is very important to be observant. Amazing solutions and details can be discovered in the most unexpected places.”

Born: 1977, New South Wales

Training: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Furniture Design) Honours, University of Tasmania, 2000; Bachelor of Environmental Design, University of Tasmania, 2004.