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Rapson Lounge Chairs

How did the Loll + Ralph Rapson collaboration come about?

Toby Rapson, son of midcentury architect Ralph Rapson, was working to put his father’s classic designs back into production when he bumped into Loll founder Greg Benson at an event in Minneapolis in late 2011. The meeting prompted Rapson to rethink his father’s rocking chair as an eco-friendly outdoor rocker made from recycled material.

Loll + Rapson Iconic Designs

“It became a collaboration between us and Loll to translate the chairs Ralph Rapson drew to a new innovative project,” Rapson-Inc. President Chris Reedy said.

Originally designed for manufacturer Knoll in the 1940’s, the Rapson/Loll pieces are now available as a rocker or lounge chair.

This mid century modern furniture partnership was just the beginning. The Cave Chair became the next collaboration piece when Ralph Rapson’s original 1943 sketch was made into a reality in 2013.

Retro furniture meets recycled outdoor furniture. We think Ralph would be happy with his modern chairs made with both material and manufacturing not available when they were first conceived.

Cave Chair, original sketch 1943 Cave Chair, original sketch 1943


Rapson Rocker, original sketch 1939
Rapson Rocker, original sketch 1939

Ralph Rapson

Ralph Rapson was part of an exhilarating era in American Modernist architecture and design. He began his formal architectural training in the early 1930s at the University of Michigan and then attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art, led by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen.

At age thirty-one he participated in Arts and Architecture magazine’s Case Study program for postwar housing. Rapson’s “Greenbelt House” entry drew wide and favorable critical attention. The building for which Rapson is perhaps best known, Minneapolis’s Guthrie Theater, was completed in 1963. With his renowned drawing skills he produced hundreds of furniture designs including his own successful line for K G. Knoll Associates in the 1940s. The sketches he produced to convey his furniture designs were often cited for their remarkable perspective, which demonstrated not only what a particular piece of furniture would look like but also how it might feel. The Rapson Rapid Rocker was first introduced in 1939 at MoMA.

Ralph Rapson
Ralph Rapson
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