As connoisseurs of history, we sometimes find styles, habits and turns of phrase from the past that we wouldn’t mind bringing back to the present, Doc Brown-style. This time around, we’re dusting off the rocking chair.

Chairs just aren’t fun anymore.

Sure, if you want to sit in front of a computer all day, modern furniture design has your back completely—but if you’re going to spend the next two hours leisurely sipping a mint julep (possibly on a veranda), it can be hard to find an appropriately relaxing place to sit. Which is why we’d like to dust off the easygoing fixture known as the rocking chair.

Lean back; we’ll take it from here…

The Heyday: The late 19th century, either outside on a Southern porch or inside a pioneer cabin in the Rockies.

Advantages: A calming sway, satisfying creaks, genteel laziness, occasionally inducing others to get a drink for you.

Disadvantages: The possibility of tipping over.

User’s Guide: The rules here are simple: it has to be comfortable and it has to be all wood. You can find a good one here—or at a surprising number of country general stores if you’ve got a road trip in your future.

Now all you need is a porch.

—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom