Rocking Feet

by Anaïs Benoît | SWITZERLAND

Her design, Rocking Feet, is a pair of rockers adaptable to all types of chair-leg, held firmly in place with an adjustable strap, itself attached to a cushion placed on the seat, maintaining the required tension and ensuring a stable rocking motion.

The piece revisits an archetypal design piece, Charles & Ray Eames’ Rocker, created in the 1950s. The new runners are simple to use and allow anyone to give a familiar object a new lease of life.

Anaïs Benoît

Anaïs Benoît (aged 25) grew up in the Paris region and is currently a final-year design student at ECAL in Lausanne, where her diploma project features a clever, functional webbed footwear design, for ‘sea hiking.’

The inspiration for your project?

The Eames Rocker is an iconic design, and a symbol of idle relaxation. I wanted to reinterpret it in my own way, by giving new life to an everyday household object. My project is a pair of rockers that can be fixed to any chair.

Being a designer today means…?

Helping people take a fresh a look at their environment, and engendering new approaches, new attitudes. People live with thousands of objects all around them, but they don’t always appreciate the work that has gone into each one.

‘Time to yourself’ in three words:

Dream, escape, pause.

photos Marc Domage © Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, 2014