Rocking Horses for the Discerning Modern Child


"I want a pony!" Since the dawn of children, the pony has been a rather common request made by children.  For that matter, adults have also been making this request.  Of course, who wouldn't want a muscular stallion on which to ride into the proverbial sunset.  I'll admit, a pony may be added to my own Christmas list.

Abbie Rowe, National Park Service / John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Boston

Abbie Rowe, National Park Service / John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Boston

However, whether due to lack of stable space, the fact that one lives in the city, or just plain economics, children have had to settle for a second option - the Rocking Horse.  No stable required, no daily feedings, and no "messes" left round the house are just some of their great features.  The result?  The rocking horse has been a playroom staple for centuries.

Of course, today's smaller spaces and multi-use, decorated interiors have meant that where once there was a back hall or attic playroom, there is now the shared family room.  Children are seen and they're certainly heard.  But in modern, minimal interiors the ornate design of Victorian rocking horses are, quite simply, out of place. Luckily, as the tastes of parents have evolved so has the response of children's furniture designers around the world, bringing to market horses befitting of the most minimal of interiors.  And, of course, befitting the discerning tastes of modern little ones.

Equus | Osian Batyka-Williams

The plasmic form of Batyka-Williams' Equus is just one facet of its sustainable features. FSC plywood profiles laminated together, an all natural, unstained finish, and its expandable qualities (extra holes allow for extra foot supports) means Equus might just help your little one give their little ones a planet to play on.
Available through
Bouf Designed Living, £600.00

Happy Horse | Ineke Hans

There is something about Folk-Art that makes it perfect for most streamline modern interiors. Happy Horse, its foundation a Dutch vernacular, blends primitive forms and a single, distressed color into a functional children's plaything.

Available direct through the InekeHans Collection, € 337.40

Hobbel ‘Fire Brigade’ | Remko Verhaagen for Blooey

Leave it to the Dutch to take nonchalant materials like tubular steel and turn it into an elegant, iconic plaything for children. Did I mention that Blooey will craft Hobbel in any color you can imagine? Even Strawberry Popsicle according to their website.

Available direct through Blooey, € 195.00

Ross Rocking Chair | Gommini

With my constant use of obscure movie references, it should only make sense when I say that Gommini's Ross Rocking Horse looks like it should be a bedroom where Ted Dansen and Tom Selleck sing a little brunette named Mary to sleep. Get it? Good.
Available through
Toyella, £239.99

Baltic Rocking Horse | OFFI & Company

Today is a time when everything old is once again new. OFFI's Baltic Rocking Horse, which made its debut over 50 years ago, is only further proof. A simple, clean design and graphics earn it a place in any contemporary family room.
Available through
TheModernShop, $179.00 CAD

Walter Pabst’s Rocking Sculpture Reedition
Kidsmodern in Collaboration with Wiege Design Studio

In the 1960's German designer Walter Pabst designed a range of children's furniture from a newly developed material - Glass Reinforced Plastic. Reducing the horse's form to a singular, basic element, the Rocking Sculpture has been reintroduced to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Trienneale di Milano. A piece of art, the design is limited to 1,500 copies.
Available through
Kidsmodern, € 480.00

Rosinante Kid’s Rocking Horse | Eero Aarnio for Vondom

Growing up in Southern California, I can't tell you how many times I heard the command "Go play outside!". Named after Don Quixote's famous horse, Rosinante is resilient enough to be taken out of doors, while still being chic enough for the most modern of abodes.
Available through
YLighting, $385.00 USD

Rocky | Marc Newson for Magis Design

Recycled polyethylene becomes a fully dressed jousting horse in Rocky, the pop-art design of prominent designer Marc Newson with one exception, no sharp edges.
Available through, £542.50


Brandon Smith, LEED AP is the interior designer turned Founder and Principal Editor of DCoopMedia, a design & luxury lifestyle digital media development firm. With a focus on redefining how the individual defines luxury, Brandon develops content for the firms’ quarterly journal and blog, theTwentySIX,  and moderates the weekly chat on Twitter #DesignLUX (Thursdays at 1pmPT/4pmET).  A lover of details and addicted to Diet Coke, he can often be found on Twitter @dcoopsd or via the blog D’Scoop.

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