This Swivel Chair Is the Cooler, More Enduring Version of Your Standard Nursery Glider
The 1940s-inspired design is as inviting as they come.
Published Apr 27, 2023 1:36 AM
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When it comes to nursery gliders, I often hear from moms that there is a divide in thought. Are they really worth the investment? Will they actually end up getting used? And, a big one: What do you do with them when they are inevitably outgrown? Some say don’t bother with buying the thing, to begin with. Angela Tafoya, a new mother and the branded editorial director at Domino, has a different take. During those sleepless nights and middle-of-the-night feeds, she told me, you’re going to be happy you have one since most babies need movement to lull them back to sleep.
Our editors look at all kinds of kids’ products, day in, day out, and gliders often fall into two camps: comfortable but not cute or stylish to look at but stiff to sit in. At its worst, the furniture piece is a potentially expensive one-and-done purchase not designed to seamlessly transition past the newborn stage (those gliding mechanics aren’t exactly elegant). When Angela and I started poking around for a nursery glider that could do it all, we had a collective lightbulb moment after landing on a design from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams’ collaboration with designer Rafael de Cárdenas: the Sunbeam swivel chair.
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Sunbeam Swivel Chair
The Sunbeam fuses the effortless movement of a glider with a 1940s Art Deco–inspired design that endures far beyond the nursery, justifying the investment (which is comparable in pricing to similar types from Domino-reader favorites Lulu and Georgia and Serena & Lily). While it trades in the rocking motion for a side-to-side swivel, Angela says she prefers the style. For starters, it features a wide range of movement that can translate to a womblike experience for your baby. The armrest placements are high, making them perfect for feeding positions. And with a 22-inch-deep seat, the silhouette promises supportive comfort—you know, in case your baby won’t sleep anywhere else. And the swivel mechanism? It’s completely hidden from sight.
There are oodles of customization options here. While every chair frame is constructed in North Carolina with kiln-dried and sustainably sourced engineered wood, there are a whopping 373 fabrics to choose from—many of which are durable performance textiles. We’re fans of the performance faux shearling, in particular. It’s a versatile pick that feels inviting, cushy, and decidedly chic. Other personalized design details include three seat cushion options (a signature-blend poly, eco-luxe poly, and eco-down blend) and the choice to add fabric contrast on the front or back of the chair.
Psst: The Sunbeam swivel is also 15% off through May 7 during the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Friends and Family Sale (usually only available to Comfort Club members). Want 30% off? Opt-in to Comfort Club at checkout to save on this order and all orders for the next 12 months.