Mod Rocker

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Sometimes coolness just speaks for itself. Such is the case with the Mod Rocker by Iglooplay.

The Mod Rocker is essentially a child-sized rocking chair but its sculptural shape and rich wooden grain make it so much more. The design is inspired by West African stools – low, wide forms that cup the body, creating a highly personal space. As many children fidget in stationary chairs, the Mod Rocker was designed to provide a little mellow movement in a comfortable chair with space below for teddy.

The Mod Rocker can be accessorized with a seating pad and the Mod Topper.  The Mod Topper works with the Rocker as a table or on its own as a stool. Again, the beauty is in the simplicity. Surprisingly, airplane trays were the inspiration for the Mod Topper. The designer was intrigued by the gentle movement aircraft passengers experience with a tray in front of them.

Other pieces at Iglooplay are equally as beautiful and carefully considered as the Mod Rocker. I particularly like the Tea Pods, which are sculptural and movable pieces that can be configured as stools, loungers, ottomans, tables and so on. However, my favourite part of  Iglooplay is a little corner of their website devoted to ‘First Furniture Memories‘, which simply invites people to share a memory of a piece of furniture from their childhood. I haven’t lodged one yet, but have been thinking a lot about the ceremony of winding the beautiful Art Deco grandfather clock at my grandparent’s house and the velvety soft upholstery on the ‘good’ couch in my parents’ lounge room.

Mod Rockers range from US$285 for the maple veneer to US$385 for the walnut veneer. Mod Pads are US$25 each and the Mod Topper ranges from US$153-$205, depending on the finish. All are available from Spunky Sprout who ship to Australia.

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Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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