Neringa Dervinytė

Rocking chair: Mom 
Created: 2006
Design studio: Contraforma

This rocking chair, designed by Neringa Dervinytė, was chosen as the symbol for the 2006 London Design Festival. It is recognised for its style, cosiness and comfort. It was created especially for the Lithuanian furniture competition Neformate. In an attempt to reflect national sitting features, the designer chose a felt fabric and decoration inspired by Lithuanian paper cut out motifs. She was also inspired by her childhood memories of sitting on her grandmother’s lap in a rocking chair and listening to her telling folktales.

Dervinytė specialised in jewellery design at the Kaunas School of Applied Arts (1995), and later studied for an MA in design at the Vilnius Academy of Arts (2002). She has been working as a furniture designer at the Contraforma studio since 2003. Her designs are known for their feminine quality, which is expressed in their finish, their elegance and attention to the last detail. She has earned a number of awards in Lithuania and abroad for her work, including the pouffe Cubic (2003), the Romance series of tables (2004), the bench Index (2006), and the chair Mint (2007).