A rocking chair might sound like something from a bygone era but here’s a sleekly updated leather and steel version. Design studio Muller Van Severen creates the seat from a sling of fine natural hide that will age to a darkened patina, suspended from an open steel frame. In any of 3 finishes, the linear quality of the seating melds with surrounding furnishings instead of overtaking them.
25.7" h x 23.6" w x 32.3" d (65.5x60x82cm)
Leather hide ages to a darkened patina. Images show leather in various stages of natural aging appearance.
Steel, natural leather
With a mission to put a unique twist on everyday items, Belgium brand Valerie Objects was established by Axel Van Den Bossche, the CEO of homeware design firm Serax, and Antwerp gallery owner Veerle Wenes. Starting with a focus on cutlery and tableware, the company has outgrown its life as a side project to become a young but complete global design platform, allowing world-famous designers, architects and artists to translate their signature styles into tangible modern design objects.
Now encompassing textiles, furniture, home accessories and designer lighting, Valerie Objects' collection includes coveted pieces like Muller Van Severen's Rocking Chair and Hanging Light, as well as unique cutlery designs by Maarten Baas and Nendo and glassware from award-winning artist Chris Kabel. The couple Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen were one of the first to sign with Valerie Objects and are considered one of the most image-defining European design teams around. with elegant objects that appear to be conceived almost spontaneously. Like the rest of the brand's offerings curated by co-founder and art director Veerle, the work stands out as the mark of authentic thinkers.