Riart Rocker

Carlos Riart 1982

Designed in 1982 by Barcelona native Carlos Riart to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Barcelona chair, this elegant rocker draws inspiration from the graceful lines of Mies’s iconic design. Like the Barcelona chair, the Riart Rocker is most distinctive in profile, achieving a simple but dramatic presence that combines modern minimalism with traditional wood construction.

Finishes

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  • color English Sycamore
  • color Light Walnut

Dimensions

Additional Info

Construction and Details
  • Available in a range of KnollTextiles and Spinneybeck® leathers
  • Upholstery for seat and back consists of high density, polyurethane foam and elastic seat belt suspension
  • Frame is constructed of either solid Light Walnut or Sycamore with laminated runners and arms
  • Light Walnut frame features Mother of Pearl inlays and Sycamore frame features Ebony inlays
  • Carlo Riart’s signature is engraved in each chair
Sustainable Design and Environmental Certification
  • GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®
     

 

Carlos Riart studied industrial design at the Escuela de Dise-o Eina in his hometown of Barcelona. He made a name for himself designing simple, bespoke furniture largely inspired by nature. Over the course of his career, Riart has worked with Tecno and Écart and collaborated with designers Santiago Roqueta, Oleguer Armengol, and Victor Mesalles. He is widely recognized for his intuitive sense of detail, balance and harmony.

In 1982, Riart designed a rocking chair for Knoll in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion. He was asked to create a chair that, like the original, was simple in form and striking in silhouette. The resulting design was praised for its simplicity, craftsmanship and distinctive profile. The chair won the 1983 IBD award, the 1983 Roscoe award, and the 1987 AFIF AD award in Barcelona. Knoll reintroduced the celebrated rocker in 2011.