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Cradle is a Flat Pack Chair Designed Specifically for Autistic People

by , 01/27/12

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The thoughtfully designed Cradle is a sustainable rocking chair created by a collaborative effort to aid people with autism and Rhythmic Movement Disorder (RMD). Developed by Richard Clarkson, Grace Emmanual, Kalivia Russel, Eamon Moore, Brodie Cambell, Jeremy Brooker and Joya Boerrigter within the Victoria University of Wellington, this cocoon-like seat is made from cold-bent plywood. Because rocking is one of the calming activities that is recommended for autistic folks, this special seat is a soothing and aesthetically pleasing addition to their homes.


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Safe, comfortable and environmentally friendly, Cradle references Ikea furniture design and is conveniently flat packed, minimising packaging and transportation fuel. This rocking chair is manufactured from sustainable materials and processes, including the glue used to form the initial plywood layers and the low energy cold-bending technique that gives shape to the wood. As the designers explain, “the Cradle rocking chair is more than just a solution to a problem, it is literally a home within a home.”

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10 Comments

  1. Tafline Laylin Tafline Laylin May 23, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Please contact the designer directly – a link to their site is listed at the bottom of our story.

  2. greenacres27 May 21, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I’m interested in learning how to get a chair like this for my severely autistic son. Please info on ordering one and cost would be lovely. Thank you

  3. Amy Crampton May 20, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Where is the buy now option?

  4. Ellen Heath March 21, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I would like to buy just the cushion. I have a hanging egg chair that this would be perfect for.

  5. RowanO May 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Where can I find one of these? I have MS and am fairly sure this would be the best piece of furniture I will EVER purchase.

  6. Ryuhi86 February 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Would this be available in Canada? How much? I have two autistic nephews and I can see them loving this!

  7. Kay Graham February 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    This looks very interesting,has this been trialed as a calming tool and had research completed.As a therapist working with students with Autism I would like more information on cost,safety,durability etc

  8. aspiemumma January 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Would also be interested in more information on cost and availability in NZ. A lot of interest is being shown within the Autistic community. Thank you.

  9. LaurieSD January 28, 2012 at 9:15 am

    What would be the cost of this chair and where would one find it?

  10. debi9kids January 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Where do i find one of these???

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