We all like comfortable furniture to relax on after a hard day at work. Padded sofas usually come to mind first of all but I’ve actually found another furniture piece which looks even more comfy. The round rocking cradle chair by young designers at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand is a cross between a baby’s cradle, a rocking chair and a bed. Beware, it might be seriously impossible to get out of the chair due to extreme comfort!
It’s well known that a gentle rocking motion is very relaxing for babies, children and adults alike. In many religions, prayers are said when rocking slightly backwards and forwards. The cradle chair as seen above is a creation inspired by the needs of children with autism and Rhythmic Movement Disorder (RMD). This is a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary, repetitive movements of large muscles groups immediately before and during sleep. Symptoms include body rocking and head rolling. The cradle chair is designed to offer sufferers a comfortable place of rest during RMD episodes.
However, it’s also a perfect item of furniture for anyone to use to further relaxation and comfort. Pillows and cushions provide a snug sanctuary whilst the half circle is almost akin to a womb. When seated, a person can gently rock the chair backwards and forwards in exactly the same way one would a traditional rocking chair. The furniture is made from environmentally-friendly materials and has been designed to be a flatpack (think IKEA) thereby minimising excess packing materials.
You can read more about it here: The Cradle Chair.