As designers, we are often inspired by emotional triggers. One of the biggest triggers for us in NextOfKin is our memories. Designed as a private collection for the label Aboveground, the rocking horse series was about revisiting toys from our childhood memories, turning them in objects that we as designers would still love today. As kids our imagination was a powerful tool, we always have so much fun role-playing cowboys and super-heroes trying to destroy all villains and save the world.


Taking inspiration from the silhouette of the sprinting equestrian racing horse, we reduced the rocking horse main body into a seamless curvilinear line that evoked a visual sense of motion. The cantilevered form connects the curved base to the seat area via the leaning vertical core. We created a collection of modular fittings that could be fitted to this core to allow role-play of different characters or scenarios.


The Rockin’ Moto is inspired by the 70’s café-racers and vintage scooters that are still so desirable in todays street and fashion culture. The low drop handle bars brings you into the aggressive racing angle and allows a tuck-in posture for better control. The Dark Horse is our modern interpretation of the traditional rocking horse. Taking the equestrian race horse as a reference, the forehead and chin groove was constructed with a negative space with the orange reins floating up to the rider in a spirited racing fashion.


This pair of rocking horses were selected to represent Singapore in the 2013 Milan furniture fair, Tortona Design Week for the “Singapore Lah” exhibition in Via Tortona. We were greeted by kids going crazy and adults breaking into big smiles when they laid their eyes on the pair of rocking horses. The visitors to the exhibition were brought back to their childhood memories and many from the alps also suggested that we convert them into snow sleighs for the winter!


Furniture Design


Furniture, Rocking horses, Kids furniture, Design Art


Furniture design, Product Design, CMF design, Furniture prototype, Photography art direction