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5 Stylish Outdoor Rocking Chairs for Relaxing All Summer Long

Sway in style from urban rooftops to poolside patios with offerings by Roberti, Gervasoni, and more.

Gervasoni Hashi chair outdoors Courtesy of Gervasoni

Utter the words “rocking chair,” and minds jump to grandma figures. Edvard Munch’s Aunt Karen in the Rocking Chair perhaps. Or maybe you connect the phrase with President Kennedy, who rocked to alleviate back pain. Early American rockers were quite traditional, fusty even, with high spindled backs. Michael Thonet’s 1880 bentwood rocker had a bit more flourish, while a quarter of a century later, Mission and Adirondack styles felt rather stiff. As midcentury modern style emerged, Charles and Ray Eames added rockers to their fiberglass shell. After that, furniture designers got creative: Think Ron Arad’s neotenic polyethylene chair sculptures and Frank Gehry’s cardboard Contour.

These recently issued rocking chairs have contemporary silhouettes that blend seamlessly into easy-living outdoor tableaus. Cane-line’s Peacock, made from all-weather wicker, channels the clean, curved lines of Danish design. Gervasoni’s Hashi finds its form from Japanese aesthetics, complete with tatami-like waterproof seat, and Roberti’s Charme exudes a dash of Italian sexiness that would feel right at home on Miami Beach or the Riviera.

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