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Rapson-Inc. Highback Greenbelt with Arms

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Rapson-Inc. Highback Greenbelt with Arms

Based on Ralph Rapson's entry for MoMA's hugely influential 1940 Organic Design Competition, this contoured high back rocking lounge is a natural for the modern hearth or den. Stunning lines, comfortable form, and heirloom quality built with a conscience. Note how the inward bending headrest provides head support. (All finish and upholstery in the Greenbelt Line are available with matching rocking or lounge chairs, standard or high back, armed or armless.)


  • Material: Wood
  • High back
  • Modern classic design
  • Greenguard-certified
  • Made in the USA
  • Greenbelt Line collection
  • 1 Year warranty

Product Details:

  • Style: Modern
  • Material: Wood


  • Overall: 37" H x 28" W x 32.25" D
  • Overall Product Weight: 25lbs

About the Designer

Ralph Rapson  

Ralph Rapson's accomplishments in architecture and design span 70 years and connect the defining events and personalities of American Modernism. His furniture is in the collections of major modern art and design museums. His buildings are coveted for their masterful use of space, light, and line. Ralph Rapson grew up drawing all the time wth his left (and only) hand. His imaginative, skillful drafting got the attention of Eliel Saarinen and landed him a scholarship at Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. There, working with the likes of Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames, Harry Bertoia, and Florence Schust (Knoll), Rapson was known for his creativity and his deft, lively drawings of furniture and buildings. After working with the Saarinens at their architecture firm, teaching and studying at the New Bauhaus in Chicago, and winning multiple architecture contests, Rapson's accomplishments in 1945-1950 helped define the direction of Mid-Century Modernism in America: - His 1945 Rapson Line for Knoll® marked the emergence of the modern aesthetic into the mainstream of post-war life. - His 1945 Rapson Greenbelt™ House (Case Study #4) remains a primary influence on the design of modern houses that unify light, nature, and active living. - His 1950 store, Rapson-Inc., revolutionized the sale of modern goods by bringing furnishings, housewares, and textiles into a single, design-centered shop. Throughout a long and successful career as an award-winning architect and teacher, Ralph Rapson kept imagining and drawing new furniture designs. In 'retirement', he began to reintroduce old designs and make new ones. After overseeing the redesign and reintroduction of the Rapson Bentwood Rocker (a.k.a., Rapson Rapid Rocker) in 2002, he also won the Dwell Lounge design competition in 2007 at age 92. Since his death in 2008, his family has continued to oversee small batch production of his designs by American craftsmen.

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Rapson-Inc. Highback Greenbelt with Arms

Weights & Dimensions

  • Overall: 37" H x 28" W x 32.25" D
  • 37'' H x 28'' W x 32.25'' D, 25 lbs
  • Overall Product Weight: 25lbs


Style: ModernMaterial: Wood
Solid Wood Construction: YesCountry of Manufacture: United States

About the Manufacturer

In 1950, there were almost no shops in the U.S. that sold modern furniture and design.

Ralph and Mary Rapson wanted to change that. While Ralph selected the designs and worked his day job as a practicing architect and architecture professor at MIT, Mary worked tirelessly on the many details - financial, promotional and operational - of opening a new store for modern design.

It all came together. Rapson-Inc. opened in 1950, just a block off Copley Square in the heart of Boston. Rapson-Inc. showcased not only Rapson's own designs (rockers, especially) but also the designs of Ralph's Cranbrook colleagues. Together, these designs - by Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, and others - continue to define good modern design more than 60 years later.

Although Rapson-Inc. closed after Ralph and Mary left Boston for Europe in the early 1950s, they both remembered the store fondly. After the resurgence of interest in modern design in the late 1990s, Toby Rapson, Ralph's son and business partner at Rapson Architects, worked with Ralph and other members of the firm to resurrect Rapson furniture designs. Working with the team at Rapson Architects and master craftman Jonathan Loeck, they built and went into production with an updated, taller version of the bentwood rockers Ralph had first drawn at Cranbrook in 1939. Following Ralph's death in 2008, Toby decided to separate the furniture design business from the architecture firm.

Today, Rapson-Inc. (okay, technically we're now Rapson LLC) once again uses Ralph and Mary's bow-tie Rapson-Inc. logo and makes furniture from the large design library that Ralph left behind.


The Highback Greenbelt with Arms is a Modern style product. Modern style is very sleek with clean lines, and generally incorporates high gloss using whites, greys, and blacks. A focus on geometry and angular shapes is a hallmark of modern design. Glass and leather are also seen a lot with modern style. You can shop for more Modern Rocking Chairs in the Furniture section of our site.

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Highback Greenbelt with Arms is also sometimes listed under the following manufacturer numbers: HBK-GBT-RKR-M-BlkCotton, HBK-GBT-RKR-M-BlkLthr, HBK-GBT-RKR-M-NatCotton, HBK-GBT-RKR-M-RedCotton, HBK-GBT-RKR-W-BlkCotton, HBK-GBT-RKR-W-BlkLthr, HBK-GBT-RKR-W-NatCotton, HBK-GBT-RKR-W-RedCotton