Country Homes & Interiors is 30 this year! In celebration, we’ve picked 30 of our all-time favourite design classics that have stood the test of time, thanks to their real sense of history, craftsmanship and purpose, to share with you over the coming weeks.
The rocking chair
Created to help lull infants to sleep, the rocking chair can be traced back to America, making its debut in England in the early 18th century. Early designs were in cane, but the advent of steam-bending saw more models in timber. The Originals Chairmakers rocking chair (above), £845, is a classic design from iconic British furniture brand, Ercol. Based in the historic furniture heartland of High Wycombe, the company made its name with great design and clever manufacturing processes using English elm. Not just for the nursery, rockers make a stylish addition to open-plan spaces and big kitchen-diners.