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REDISCOVERED

The breezy glider

August 16, 2008|Craig Nakano

It's a rocking chair for the thoroughly modern porch: Takeshi Nii's minimal Ny chair, designed 50 years ago and now winning over the tired feet and aching backs of shoppers at the Tortoise General Store in Venice. The reissued piece ($450) has a lightweight aluminum frame with a breezy gliding motion, simple beech armrests and a cotton seat in orange or the newly added charcoal. It all folds for easy storage. A nonrocking version ($430) and a matching ottoman ($160) are available too, but it's the rocker that grabs shoppers' attention, store representative Sumiko Watanabe says. "It's so comfortable, you can sleep in the chair." 1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; (310) 314-8448; www.tortoiselife.com.

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