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 of Long Island, John established a lucrative career building custom cabinetry for Bloomingdale’s before moving west to Cody, Wyoming. He worked for a local furniture maker in town before opening Norseman Designs West, where he created his own line of awardwinning high-end western furniture. John combines the simple honesty of Shaker style with the flowing curves of Art Nouveau. Wood is his favorite medium; it is warm and forgiving, and he enjoys incorporating different textures into his pieces. He finds that each species of wood has its own unique scent and characteristics. He particularly likes working with walnut and juniper, as they blend well and complement each other. John searches out exotic examples of these woods, focusing on their figure and grain to enhance the overall look of the piece itself. He says he tries not to overwork the wood to be something it’s not. John gains inspiration from nature and by studying the work of the masters, from Shaker to Stickley, from Art Nouveau to Cody’s own Thomas Molesworth. John’s son, Ian, has been working with him for the past fifteen years and plans to continue the Gallis legacy into the next generation. Whether crafted by the father or son, each Norseman Designs West piece is highly refined, elegantly composed, and decidedly original.