Upholstered Swivel Rocker in Dark Brown Leather with Contrast Fringe
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By Western Hands’ Director’s top pick for comfort, this swivel rocking chair by John Gallis of Norseman Designs West, does not sacrifice form or beauty for comfort. Beautifully articulated hand-selected lodgepole pine burls frame the base and back of the chair, which is upholstered in dark chocolate leather with taupe piping, reflective of the natural striations of the surrounding wood grain. The chair’s cushions are the perfect recipe of down with springs, refined over decades of John’s career to absorb your weight, form to your body, then bounce right back to its original shape. The swivel and rocking mechanism was likewise carefully selected for comfort, durability, and smooth motion. The mechanism is carefully disguised by hand-twisted tassels in coordinating chocolate and taupe leather.
A native New Yorker, John has been fashioning custom furniture for many years. Although he started a lucrative career building custom cabinetry at Bloomingdales, his heart wasn’t in it, and he moved to Cody, WY. He worked for a local furniture maker in town, then eventually opened Norseman Designs West where he began building his own line of award-winning high-end western furniture. He combines the simple honesty of Shaker-style furniture with the flowing curves of Art Nouveau. Wood, his favorite medium, is warm and forgiving, and each different species of wood has their own smell and characteristics like people. John enjoys working and incorporating different textures in his pieces. He gains inspiration from nature, and by looking at the work of old masters, from Shaker to Stickley, Art Nouveau to Molesworth. May was a great month for John, he received the Mountain Living Award for lifetime achievement in western furniture design and celebrated the birth of his children and grandchildren.