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Fueled by a chance meeting at an AIA event, Loll Designs and Rapson-Inc. have teamed up to create an outdoor version of Ralph Rapson's iconic rocker. Loll infuses the Rapson High Back Rocker with their expertise as a modern outdoor furniture manufacturer specializing in the use of recycled materials to make affordable, long lasting and no-maintenance outdoor furniture, made in a sustainable and responsible manner.
Ralph Rapson sketched the first version of his "Rapson Rocker" in 1939 while studying and working at Cranbrook Academy of Art under Eliel Saarinen and Charles Eames. In 1940 he modified the design with solid wood and webbing as his entry for MoMA's Organic Design in Home Furnishings Competition. In the mid-1940s, Rapson completed a full line of solid wood and webbing furniture, in collaboration with H.G. Knoll.
Faithful to Ralph Rapson's groundbreaking 1945 Rapson® Line for H.G. Knoll, the Rapson® High Back Rocker has a deeply curved seat and a relaxed seat angle. Available in Loll's full range of eco-friendly colors, the Rapson® High Back Rocker is made from 344 reclaimed milk jugs.
Material(s): 100% recycled High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Designer: Ralph Rapson
Ralph Rapson's accomplishments in architecture and design span 70 years, connecting the defining events and personalities of American Modernism. He earned architecture degrees at the University of Michigan, and at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He taught architecture at the New Bauhaus School (now IIT Institute of Design) from 1942–46, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1946-54. He was head of the architecture school at the University of Minnesota from 1954–84. His furniture is in the collections of major modern art and design museums and his buildings are coveted for their masterful use of space, light, and line.
Ralph Rapson grew up drawing all the time with his left hand (his right arm was amputated due to a birth defect). His imaginative, skillful drafting drew the attention of Eliel Saarinen and landed him a scholarship at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. There, working with Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames, Harry Bertoia, and Florence Schust (Knoll), Rapson was known for his creativity and his deft, lively drawings of furniture and buildings. He was a prolific sketch artist and kept volumes of sketchbooks from his world travels.
After working with the Saarinens at their architecture firm, teaching and studying at the New Bauhaus in Chicago, and winning multiple architecture contests, Rapson's accomplishments in 1945-1950 helped define the direction of Mid-Century Modernism in America. His 1945 Rapson® Line for H.G. Knoll marked the emergence of the modern aesthetic into the mainstream of post-war life, while his 1945 Rapson Greenbelt™ House (Case Study #4) remains a primary influence on the design of modern houses that unify light, nature, and active living. In 1950 Ralph Rapson and his wife Mary opened their store, Rapson-Inc., revolutionizing the sale of modern goods by bringing furnishings, housewares, and textiles into a single, design-centered shop.
Throughout a long and successful career as an award-winning architect and teacher, Ralph Rapson kept imagining and drawing new furniture designs. In 'retirement', he began to reintroduce old designs while still creating new ones. After overseeing the redesign and reintroduction of the Rapson® Rapid Rocker in 2002, he went on to win the Dwell Lounge design competition in 2007 — at age 92. Since his death in 2008, his family has continued to oversee small batch production of his designs.View other products by Ralph Rapson
Conceived in 2003, Loll is a modern outdoor furniture manufacturer based out of Duluth, Minnesota, specializing in the use of recycled materials to make affordable, long lasting and no-maintenance outdoor furniture. Loll strives to improve the relationship between the furniture people use and own and their ability to enjoy it in a healthy environment.
Sustainability is at the core of the business. Loll products are made from 100% recycled materials that are manufactured in a sustainable and responsible manner. As well as being recycled, the material is also 100% recyclable, so its purpose can change again into another useful product when that day comes. Loll attempts to achieve a product and company balance between the environment, profitability, employee and community well-being.
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