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SouthBaydigS.com | 5.18.2012
w ritten By: Q uin n r oBertS
creating timeless pieces of furniture, ralph rapson’s rockers and lounge chairs are still popular nearly 70 years after he sketched his first designs.“all of the pieces are modern classics and are still compelling after 70 years,” rapson-inc. president chris reedy said. “the pieces are timeless.” and while rapson passed away in 2008, his son toby has continued to promote and produce his father’s furniture, understanding just how functional the designs still are. as a practicing architect and architecture professor, rapson had a tremendous eye for creating visually daring pieces, none more than his bentwood rocker. with arms designed to look like the chair is flying, the bentwood rocker was even featured in the museum of modern art in 1939. many of his other designs were sold by Bloomingdale’s in the 1940’s and even frank lloyd wright chose the rapson line to furnish his own home. “ralph just loved rocking chairs and furniture design,” reedy said. “you can see his imagination and creativity in the pieces, yet they are also comfortable and practical. he clearly had tremendous style.”
what still shines through decades after rapson’s first sketches is the versatility of the pieces, which can go anywhere from an upscale living room to a child’s nursery. offering four different rockers and lounge chairs, including the “greenbelt” line, every piece is customizable, with the type of material, color and style all chosen by the buyer. the base price for the pieces range from $1395-$1985, with additions costing more. and while the company has retailers across the country, including the shop Boomerang in San diego, rapson-inc. offers free shipping and delivery. all of the company’s chairs are made stateside in either north carolina, upstate new york or minnesota. and using only hardwoods that have been certified as sustainably produced and responsibly managed, rapson-inc. also offers natural upholstery options and uses finishes that are low in volatile organic compounds. “every design has a modern, but simple feel to it,” reedy said. “it is so much fun to see people rediscover the designs.” Visit www.rapson-inc.com for more information.
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