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Ralph Rapson's accomplishments in architecture and design span 70 years and connect the defining events and personalities of American Modernism. His furniture is in the collections of major modern art and design museums. His buildings are coveted for their masterful use of space, light, and line. Ralph Rapson grew up drawing all the time wth his left (and only) hand. His imaginative, skillful drafting got the attention of Eliel Saarinen and landed him a scholarship at Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. There, working with the likes of Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames, Harry Bertoia, and Florence Schust (Knoll), Rapson was known for his creativity and his deft, lively drawings of furniture and buildings. After working with the Saarinens at their architecture firm, teaching and studying at the New Bauhaus in Chicago, and winning multiple architecture contests, Rapson's accomplishments in 1945-1950 helped define the direction of Mid-Century Modernism in America: - His 1945 Rapson Line for Knoll® marked the emergence of the modern aesthetic into the mainstream of post-war life. - His 1945 Rapson Greenbelt™ House (Case Study #4) remains a primary influence on the design of modern houses that unify light, nature, and active living. - His 1950 store, Rapson-Inc., revolutionized the sale of modern goods by bringing furnishings, housewares, and textiles into a single, design-centered shop. Throughout a long and successful career as an award-winning architect and teacher, Ralph Rapson kept imagining and drawing new furniture designs. In 'retirement', he began to reintroduce old designs and make new ones. After overseeing the redesign and reintroduction of the Rapson Bentwood Rocker (a.k.a., Rapson Rapid Rocker) in 2002, he also won the Dwell Lounge design competition in 2007 at age 92. Since his death in 2008, his family has continued to oversee small batch production of his designs by American craftsmen.


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Rapson Highback Greenbelt® Lounge

$1,695.00
The new highback version of the classic Rapson® lounge uses the seat Ralph designed for a 1940 MOMA Organic Design Competition. Stunning lines, comfortable form, heirloom quality built with a conscience. All finish and upholstery options available as rocking or lounge chairs, standard or highback.
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Rapson Highback Greenbelt® Rocker

$1,845.00
Based on Ralph Rapson's entry for MoMA's hugely influential 1940 Organic Design Competition, this contoured highback rocking lounge is a natural for the modern hearth or den. Stunning lines, comfortable form, heirloom quality built with a conscience. All finish and upholstery options in the Greenbelt® Line are available with matching rocking or lounge chairs, standard or highback.
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Rapson Greenbelt® Lounge

$1,545.00
This iconic form, originally produced by H.G. Knoll, has been sought after by tastemakers and collectors since its introduction in 1945. Always known for its stunning fusion of American woodcraft and modern lines, the quintessential piece is now precision-cut and hand-finished in your choice of wood and webbing. Stunning lines, comfortable form, heirloom quality built with a conscience. All finish and upholstery options in the Greenbelt® Line are available with matching rocking or lounge chairs, standard or highback.
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Rapson Greenbelt® Rocker

$1,695.00
One of just a handful of modern classic rocking chairs, this iconic form has been sought after since its first introduction by H.G. Knoll in 1945. Always known for its fusion of American woodcraft and modern lines, the quintessential Rapson® Rocker continues to be cut, fit, and finished by American craftsmen in your choice of responsible wood and cotton webbing. Stunning lines, comfortable form, heirloom quality built with a conscience.
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Rapson® Rapid Rocker

$1,985.00
Based on drawings first done by Ralph Rapson in 1939 and reissued by Rapson Architects under Ralph's direction before he died, the Rapson® Rapid Rocker remains as comfortable as it is striking after 70+ years. The strong maple-ply frame provides a smooth rock and the sculpted, cantilevered arms make the chair look like it is about to take flight. Your back and neck will appreciate the double-backed, foam-cushioned, form-fitting seat. Whether in the nursery, by the hearth, or in the living room, it's often called the most comfortable seat in the house.
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