If you've always thought of rocking chairs as too stuffy or traditional for your contemporary tastes, we invite you to look again. These sleek designs fit into even the most modern of design schemes. After all, who doesn't want a comfy place to relax?

This handmade cherry rocking chair is a spectacular, streamlined version of the classic wooden chair. Each piece is handmade by artist Gregg Lipton and takes up to 20 weeks to create and deliver. $11,000 at www.artfulhome.com.
Danish-born designer Jens Risom brings Scandinavian style to the rocking chair in his Risom rocker at Design Within Reach. The fabric is made of 78 percent recycled polyester. $1,428 at www.dwr.com.
The Sleepytime Rocker's refined urban looks work just as well in a contemporary den or tucked into a cozy corner of a bedroom. $900 at www.modmama.com or check www.nurseryworks.net for local stores that carry the line.

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Emeco's Hudson Chair, designed by Phillippe Starck and named for the Hudson Hotel in New York, brings an industrial element to any room. According to Design Public, the chairs are made of 80 percent recycled aluminum, which requires only 5 percent of the energy needed to produce virgin aluminum. Also available with arms and in three finishes. From $795 at www.designpublic.com.
Anthropologie's Bresson Rocker boasts a sleek, no-fuss design but the warm brown leather cushion is inviting enough for an afternoon rest. $1,798 at www.anthropologie.com.
Iglooplay's diminutive Mod Rocker is a comfy place for little ones to catch up on a favorite book - but it's also strong enough to hold up to 450 pounds. In three finishes. $285 to $385 at www.designpublic.com.
The fluid silhouette of the Luca Glider brings sophistication to a nursery staple. The chair is available in nine colors, with the option of contrasting or matching piping for a customized look. $945 for chair and $385 for ottoman at www.modmama.com.
Artist Richard Laufer custom makes each of these Newport Rockers out of walnut and cherry woods in about six weeks. $3,900 at www.artfulhome.com.
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