July 29, 2018
Joya rocker: The Joya Rocker and footstool are handcrafted with an eye on the environment and modern design. | Cubino love seat and chair: Tough, lightweight and built sustainably, Monte Design’s Cubino seats are super kid friendly.

The simple motion of rocking back and forth is synonymous with good feelings. Soothing and relaxing, rocking eases tension and induces rest. Praise is forthcoming from every age group and for good reason. A rocking chair is a mother’s best friend in the nursery. The motion mimics the movement a baby feels in the mother’s womb. Studies suggest that the act of rocking releases endorphins that relieve anxiety and elevates mood. President John F. Kennedy was a great proponent of the rocking chair, insisting that it relieved his chronic back pain. He even took his rocker with him when he travelled.

There are several designs and types of rockers, including gliders and reclining gliders. Dating back to the 1800s, the iconic Bentwood rockers were made by bending and shaping wood while it was wet (or green). Today the rocker is available in designs that have a distinctively modern edge, but they share the same soothing qualities. Monte Design’s Joya Rocker has a compact footprint and has been thoughtfully designed with a new mother’s comfort in mind. It has ergonomic arm height and a high back for exceptional comfort. It includes a lumbar pillow that can be used to support the back, neck or elbow when holding baby. The rocker base options are solid walnut, white or clear maple. High density foam fill is free of any flame retardant chemicals.

The contemporary lines of the Rockwell Bassinet matches the modern nursery in size and design. (not shown here) It has a streamlined chrome stand with solid walnut rocking feet. The soft upholstered basket can be removed and transported to different rooms in your home. The basket’s protective sides are covered with removable and washable fabric. Comes with waterproof mattress pad and fitted sheets.

Babies grow into active toddlers and young children. Monte Design has a solution for chairs that suit their size and youthful energy. Their Cubino seats are made of thick durable foam covered with a soft, strong micro suede. As the photo shows, they are light weight, and the high quality foam holds its shape for years. The seat cushion is removable, and the covers are removable and machine washable.

Monte Design specializes in modern furniture for nursery and kids as well as a Home Collection of chairs and sofas. Their designs have a small footprint that works well in any space. The Mitchell Swivel Chair is compact and curved, sitting on a circular stainless steel swiveling base. Height, width and depth each 26 inches. It’s available in a choice of fabrics and two-tone with genuine Italian tan leather. To complement the compact size of their chairs, the Duo solid walnut side tables measure 20” high and 14” wide.

Choose from Monte’s wide selection of fabric types and colours. They send free samples on standard fabrics. Visit their websites – for Canada and for the U.S. when you are looking for a stylish way to rock away the stresses of the day. It’s a good option for moderately-sized furniture with a modern twist using eco-conscious sustainable design and manufacturing for your home.

Written by Debbie Travis and Barbara Dingle. Please email decorating questions to Follow Debbie at,,