You may recognize this iconic rocking chair by Swiss designer Willy Guhl. Called the "Loop" chair, it was originally designed in 1954. It was designed in keeping with his motto of "achieving the most with the minimum of effort." Words to live by, no? The chair was originally made out of etermit, a mixture of cement and asbestos. At the time, Guhl said he chose the material becaue "no other building substance that is so thin gives so much stability."
Of course, that was 1954, and in 2001, Guhl ran into some controversy, when the New York Museum of Modern Art decided to display the chair in 2001. Afraid of the potentially cancer-causing asbestos, they ended up sending the chair back after just two weeks. Today, the chair is made out of cement and fibre, which is asbestos free. It's available locally via Green Form, based out of Santa Monica. Green Form also carries other Willy Guhl pieces, such as the matching Loop Table, and his less commonly known Spindel planter. More info here.