Furniture Design

Quirky Contemporary Rocking Chair – The Dondolo

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This is the most unusual piece of furniture.  The Dondolo Rocking Chair is definitely modern, it looks pretty comfortable and certainly gives the impression it would be fun to use.  But, is it stylish?  Well the answer to that is quite frankly no!  But it has other attractions.

Quirky Contemporary Rocking chair – The Dondolo by Rossi di Albizzate

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Designed by Arch Pio e Tito Toso for Rossi di Albizzate, the Dondolo is actually a series of unusual contemporary rocking chairs.   The chair frame is internal and made from plywood.  This is then padded with a dense layer of soft molded ‘Rofoam’ and finally wrapped in soft Dacron Dupont® fabric. An oscillating varnished steel plate provides the chair’s rocking support.

Quirky Contemporary Rocking Chair Design

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The basic form of this wacky rocking chair looks like a short fat banana or maybe a squat cartoon style moon.  These similarities are most obvious in the yellow version. Its curved design has clearly been guided by the chair’s essential rocking function, there are no separate arms or head rest the design is for a single organic form which sits on an unobtrusive rocking base.

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The appearance of this quirky contemporary rocking chair can be altered by changing its fabric cover. These are easily removed for washing and available in range of plain wool fabrics or a Lycra blend.  There are also leather or faux leather versions but these do not have removable covers. The fabric versions come in a wide range of bright saturated colors.


If you would enjoy a more extreme version of this unusual seating unit there is also a Superdondolo by the same designer.


This Quirky Contemporary Rocking Chair is from the Advance Line Collection

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If you would like to explore more examples of unusual modern furniture the Dondolo Rocking Chair is a small part of Rossi di Albizzate’s Advance Line collection.

Thiscolorful and memorable collection includes 21 separate furniture designs and a total of 160 highly innovative products.  This range is proving very popular and has achieved world-wide recognition. The main characteristics of this furniture line are it’s: soft chunky forms, rounded edges, and an emphasis on bright colors.  The collection has a playful quality as has already been seen in the quirky contemporary rocking chair.  A room designed around this type of furniture would have a youthful light hearted quality.  In fact these pieces would be ideal in a child’s playroom or a funky teenage bedroom.

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The Outdoor Line is Rossi di Albizzate’s range of furniture adapted for use in the garden, on the patio or round a pool. This includes a tougher version of the Dondolo rocking chair made especially to withstand exterior use.

So if this amusing piece of furniture ‘floats your boat’ you could enjoy it inside or outside, there is even a small coordinating glass top table to go with the rocking chair.


by Jaz

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