All furniture has a history and the rocking chair is no exception. Everything in your home was made during the process of research and developing.
First chairs of this kind can be traced in the early 18th century in North America. Back then, this piece of furniture was used mostly in gardens. These were simple and had rockers attached on the legs.
It was the year 1725 in the England when the first one was made. During the 18th century they reached the peak of the production in the Amerika’s history.
The craftsman Michael Thonet from the Germany created the first bent wood rocking chair in 1860. However, this design was very distinguished. They have influence in design from the Greeks, Roman, and the Renaissance and colonial era artistry.
The folding model was more popular in the United States and Europe during the 1920s. They were popular because they were handy for travel purposes as well as for outdoor activities.
The fresh breath among these chairs was given from craftsman Sam Maloof. He gets famous for the durability and deluxe appearance.
Famous rocking chair
The Kennedy Rocker was made by the P&P Chair Company and this made them famous. In 1955 Kennedy suffering from chronic back problems. So he was prescribed using the rocker and swimming by his physician.
The president enjoyed it so much, that in 1961 after he was inaugurated, he took it on AirForce One during the traveling around the country and the world.
Interesting fact about these chairs is, that Kennedy bought additional rockers for Camp David and for the Kennedy estates. He also gave them as gifts to family and friends, as well as to head of the states.
In the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum permanently displays Kennedy’s rocking chair from the White House. Interesting info, Kennedy’s Rocker was steam bent and assembled while the wood was still green.