The Cradle Chair is about creating a safe, comfortable and relaxing environment in which the user can dissipate the over-stimulation of their senses.
The design was heavily directed by a synthesis of research into Autism and children with Rhythmic Movement Disorder (RMD) as well as safety, sustainability, function and aesthetics.
All material choices are made to be as natural and non-toxic as possible
The chair adheres to the concept “if you design for the extremes then the middle will sort itself out”. While Richard Clarkson had a strong focus creating a solution for sufferers of RMD the chair is not exclusively for them it is made to create a calm, safe, comfortable and relaxing space to dissipate the overstimulation of our senses, which comes as a result of living in today’s technologically oriented society. Each chair is handmade in New Zealand from local materials, and is designed for indoor use.
Targeted design solution for Autistic and RMD diagnosed children
Founded on Autism and Rhythmic Movement Disorder (RMD) research, the Cradle chair aims to help sufferers recuperate. Studies showed that assisted rocking helped calm participants, while being swaddled in a blanket aided in relieving symptoms of stress. By creating a targeted design solution for Autistic and RMD diagnosed children, Cradle is a piece of furniture that can be used by all, bringing relaxation, comfort and calmness to anyone in need. Cradle was initially a group project by Richard Clarkson, Grace Emmanual, Russel, Eamon Moore, Brodie Campbell, Jeremy Brooker and Joya Boerrigter but was manufactured and brought to the market by Richard Clarkson.
All material choices are made to be as natural and non-toxic as possible – the cotton is natural canvas that has been treated with a plant based stain repellent and the cushions are authentic New Zealand wool. The wood has been treated with organic wax and the glue used is aliphatic non-toxic wood glue.