Rocking horses have been around for many years, since the 17th century in fact, when the first references were found. The first rocking ponies looked quite different to our current ones and the humble rocking horse has been reinvented many times over.
Another reinvention, or should I say innovation, has been created by Frederik Roijé, a Dutch industrial and interior designer. Recently shown at the Milan Salone del Mobile 2009 and aptly named Rocking Squares, his design immediately looks like a rocking horse, albeit a very striking and contemporary one with an abundant use of rectangular shapes. The pieces of wood used to create the lines of the horse are strong and distinctive yet all coexist in a seamless fashion.
With all the linear shapes and obvious modern aesthetic, you might wonder if it is child friendly. I can’t guarantee it is but a closer look uncovers qualities that may make it so, such as a comfortable flat area to sit, a place to put little feet and a ‘mane’ to hold on to. Now, I wouldn’t recommend this piece for babies but older kids could have a great time taking a ride on this geometric filly.
The Rocking Squares is very limited with only 180 made. Contact Roijé for pricing and if you can get your hands on one, it’s available in three sizes and two colours of black or white.