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WaterRower Brochure

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WaterRower rowing machines range brochure


22 WaterRower Fitness. Designed. 23 Iconic Design Inspiration for the design came from the sparse elegance of Shaker furniture. The WaterRower was invented in 1988 by John Duke, a Yale University engineer, and USA Rowing National Team candidate. Mr Duke had two principles leading his design: • Firstly, to replicate the experience of rowing in a boat, aiming to bring the sound, resistance, and physiological benefits of rowing to a wider audience. • Second, to create a piece of “Fitness Furniture” with an aesthetic that would complement a residential setting. Duke’s goal was to create a rowing machine with which the user has a welcoming emotional connection, as they would with a favoured piece of art or furniture. Central to this was manufacturing from wood. Inspiration for the design came from the sparse elegance of Shaker furniture, renowned for being beautiful, well-made objects that could be used in everyday life. The WaterRower, as with Shaker furniture, does not have any superfluous design elements. Every component of the WaterRower has a precise role to play in the rowing machines function. With his design finalised, Mr Duke set up the WaterRower factory in the New England state of Rhode Island. A hub for skilled manufacturing labour and just a few hours north of the Appalachian Mountain Range from which the WaterRower wood is sourced, Rhode Island remains the home of our manufacturing operation to this day.

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