Rock For Peace was born in the early 00’s when Päivi Mikola decided to redesign the rocking chair.
Päivi was at the time a professor of architecture at the University of Oulu - but as creative people often do, felt restless and wanted to create something more tangible.
So, a shape emerged. The triangular leg component of the chair.
Also, an idea.
The rocking chair is an icon from past generations - but what could it mean for the future ones.
It used to be the focal point where the eldest of the family sat, the place where to soothe unruly children, the place where deep thoughts happened and sage advice was given.
The sound of quiet rocking, a wall clock and the smell of home hearth.
These are the foundations from which Rock For Peace was born.
There are other people involved in this equation however.
Sari and Hannu, a design loving couple were strolling through the Old Town of Porvoo one afternoon in 2014.
They happened upon a quaint wooden house by the shoreline and decided to go inside and investigate.
There they met Päivi - who now ran a studio where she sold handmade versions of the rocking chair.
The couple had some coffee and a nice chat with Päivi and then sat on the chairs.
The busy couple suddenly realised they were relaxed and more in tune with themselves than before.
Something about the rocking movement, the binary back positions, where you were alone with your own thoughts and feelings and the forward, making you interact and more present made an impression.
What was it with this chair? Isn’t it a just another well designed piece of furniture?
Can a chair evoke a deeper experience than just sitting?
Inspired by the experience, the couple asked Päivi how many people had the opportunity to experience the chair.
As there were only a handful produced each year, a decision was made.
We will make the chair accessible to everyone.
Professionalize up the production, utilise the internet to reach our audience and make both the chair and Päivi touch peoples lives all around the world.
A coincidental meeting led to where we are now.
How can Rock For Peace change your life?