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Ralph Rapson Rocking Chair


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This 1945 Rapson Rocker is believed to be a well made (in the USA) reproduction beauty! This rocker was ORIGINALLY manufactured by Knoll for ONE YEAR ONLY in 1945 by the renowned designer Mr Ralph Rapson (1914-2008). It has recently come to our knowledge Blonde colored varnished BIRCH frame. We are not aware from prior seller, of any restoration having been done. Rapson was born in Alma, Michigan with a deformed right arm that was amputated at birth. He learned to draw expertly with his left hand. He earned architecture degrees at the University of Michigan, and at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he studied under Eliel Saarinen. He described Cranbrook as a very “dynamic place” where he met and worked with desiners such as: Harry Bertoia, Charlie Eames, and Harry Weese." As a young architect, Rapson worked for the Saarinen architectural office from 1940 to 1941. He moved to Chicago in 1941, where he worked with George Fred Keck and others. From 1942 to 1946 Rapson taught architecture at the New Bauhaus School (now IIT Institute of Design), and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1946 to 1954. He was head of the architecture school at the University of Minnesota from 1954 to 1984, where “generations of Minnesota architects came up through [his] tutelage.” And to add to the INTRIQUE of this chair, this is EXACTLY its location in Minneapolis, MN apparently never straying far from his Hub at the University of Minnesota! Rapson practiced in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 1954 to 2008. His work was predominantly in the Modernist style. “Practically all the work I’ve done is not too far off from Bauhaus principles,” he said. Architectural practice and philosophy: The first Guthrie Theater (1963) demolished in (2006) Riverside Plaza, formerly Cedar Square West (1973), Rarig Center (1973), Various University of Minnesota campus structures and the Joseph Livermore House (1968) in University Grove (plus many, many, more). Excerpts from Wikipedia

Product Specifications

Depth: 30
Width: 29
Height: 28
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