Somewhere between the furniture of yesteryear and the toys of 2012 lies this awesome find, a chair-toy hybrid called the Tip-N-Rok. Although mentioned on multiple websites as a vestige of childhood memories in the 1970s, this wonderful item dates back to the early ’60s (at least).
The ad from Popular Mechanics lists the manufacturer as the Tip-N-Rok Sales Co. But over time, it seems to have been made by a number of manufacturers, from the MTA Company (any info would be much appreciated!) to the Infantseat Company in its latest iteration. To me, it’s a children’s “missing link” between an Eames shell (without legs) to the modern day Kid-O Bilibo (available at Oompa.com).
Then I found the chair again in the Apartment Therapy (formerly Ohdeedoh) archives. They found it on the Flickr feed of Alison, mom to Gus, Elsa and Finn, and the woman behind my new favorite blog, Deuce Cities Henhouse. Check it out if you’re into feeling inspired (and very envious…). And for more random chair inspiration, you can find it on this guy’s Pinterest collection too.
And then I found two (well-loved, but lovely) Tip-N-Roks on Ebay today. This one (above) is being sold by intothepines. With about a day left, bids are around $30. (The other one is being sold for a lot more, btw).
The kid on the sticker seems to be having a good time.