The Story Behind the RockerOttTM. The Original Rockstar.


It’s now very clear that students learn a variety of ways. Today’s educators understand that the sit and get method of rows and desks is not conducive to addressing the wide array of learner needs. Successful schools are promoting equity over equality and providing agile, active learning spaces to engage all learners. That’s where our RockerOtts truly shine.

A decade ago, in Sydney, Australia, Jolene and Avron went into a school to deliver one hundred and eighty blue, plastic chairs. The principal was not happy with receiving the delivery because of “the lack of school furniture to support and facilitate future-focused pedagogy.” (Planning Learning Spaces, Issue 7)

What makes kids want to learn? What makes them feel different when they walk into a space?How do we engage them better?”

– Jolene Levin, CEO and Founder of NorvaNivel

Jolene and Avron discovered a problem facing the modern classroom – Learner needs. Restrictive, static and one-size-fits-all, traditional seating didn’t offer the motion, mobility, and comfort required for learner engagement. Avron as an industrial designer, took this as a challenge. And so, the first generation of the RockerOtt was born.

The observations that came back were transformative. Learners who struggled in traditional learning environments were often the first ones in class.


NorvaNivel RockerOttTM was born.

Often imitated, but never duplicated, our award-winning RockerOtt was the first of its kind. And a decade later, it’s still an amazing success. Lightweight, flexible, and truly versatile, the RockerOtt continues to be the ideal seat. Its unique design not only supports learners through all their natural body movements and learning needs, this rockstar channels physical learners’ excess energy to focus on their tasks at hand.

Its flexibility, portability and adaptability make the RockerOtt an absolute must for implementing flexible furniture in their classroom.”

– Sinan Kerimofski, Principal, Vasse Primary School.

A Good Design Award winner, its novel round and flat side design allows learners to choose how to use their RockerOtt– as a static seat, or as a rocker with varying degrees of movement. Schools love it as it comes in four different heights to suit students from lower elementary and beyond. Both functionally and aesthetically, the NorvaNivel RockerOtt continues to rock classrooms worldwide.

The response to our RockerOtt was overwhelming. Both students and teachers loved it as an ottoman, a lower seat and a rocker – at least three seats in one.”

– Avron Levin, Creative Director and Creator of the RockerOtt.

Introducing the RockerOtt10.

Meet the Good Design Award RockerOtt10. A new slant on our favorite rockstar with a 10° ergonomic angle to unlock the body and release the mind. It supports learners through all their natural body movements while improving cognitive development and well-being.

Any which way you rock it, this angle takes pressure off the hips; allowing the learner to sit with a natural S-shape to their spine. Psychologically, sitting on the angle allows learners to lean in and engage better.

An ever-so-slight, but genius change, so that learners can stand, sit, lean, and now perch. The choice is theirs. This was the story of the original RockerOtt and its clever sequel, the RockerOtt10.

As relentless explorers in the world of educational spaces, we’ll never stop searching for new ways to empower educators and inspire each and every learner.