Chair design used autism research to design for comfort

Using a half-sphere form, a new chair design lets adults rock themselves to sleep. Richard Clarkson says that the goal in designing the Cradle Chair was to create a “safe, comfortable and relaxing environment in which the user can dissipate the over-stimulation of their senses.”

The design team drew upon research of Autism and other disorders which cites the soothing qualities of rhythmic rocking. The chair is currently in production. It ships from New Zealand where it is handmade from local materials. Richard Clarkson Studio is based in Brooklyn, following Clarkson’s completion of the graduate program in product design at the School of Visual Arts in New York.








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