The Porsche for Your Porch
A great man needs a great rocking chair. Yours should be aircooled.
The rocking chair has been around since the eighteenth century, and it's afforded some of the world’s finest men comfort in thought. John F. Kennedy. Mark Twain. Pablo Picasso. All found a place to settle into a gentle rhythm, to work and work things out. You should probably have one, too.
And this rocking chair is the right one to have. Dubbed “Aircooled Arm Shell,” the project is a joint venture between luxe L.A. furniture maker Modernica and Carby Tuckwell, resident designer at custom moto firm Deus ex Machina. The chair was built as a case study for Patrick Long’s Luftgekühlt Porsche show, which took place earlier this month. But what grabbed our attention here? Well, those vent holes are patterned after an unupholstered 356 Speedster seat. Oh, and the Eames-esque fiberglass shell is produced using the same machinery and techniques as Porsche originally did during the Fifties. Basically, it’s a 356 bucket on rocking runners. This is what Paul Newman would’ve put on his porch.
In a limited initial run, only 50 examples of the “first-edition” Aircooled Arm Shell will be produced. There are still a few up for grabs at the Deus ex Machina online shop. And, priced at $620, this chair is a screamin’ deal.