‘Repose Mk II’ Rocking Chair
This rocking chair is one of a series of scrubbed oak pieces designed by James Ryan (b. 1972) and made in the Edward Barnsley Workshop in Hampshire. This chair is a development of James’s original 2013 ‘Repose’ design, which was in scorched oak. This brand new scrubbed oak version has an inventive finish that is chip-carved with a gouge. Where the sitter is likely to touch the piece, the surface is smooth. In other areas the surface is more textured.
The seat is hand-woven with Danish cord. The chair is made from Hampshire oak, carefully seasoned in our drying sheds. All the chair’s components are worked by hand into rounded shapes that are soft to the touch. The scrubbed finish is important, visually, because it unifies the components. The chair is 65 wide, 109 deep and 108 high (cm).
James Ryan says, ‘Over many years I have refined the design of our wooden chairs to arrive at a back-shape which for most people offers comfortable support. The double curvature of the back bar arrangement supports the sitter. Comfort is key with this rocking chair. It is designed for tranquil repose. The sculpted arms of the rocker are inviting to the touch. With its graceful curves and precision joinery the chair is made for relaxation.’
Nathan Peach made the chair. The Barnsley Workshop stamp, date, maker’s mark and edition number can be found on the inside edge of one of the rockers.
This chair is the first in a limited edition of eight.