Founder, President & Designer
Carla James is the owner and creator of Rocker Refined, an American hand-crafted luxury seating company. Carla gathers her design inspiration from her love of music & fashion and from her experiences living abroad, all of which inform her unparalleled use of color, texture, and pattern. These pieces each remind her of the energy and optimism that one might feel after listening to a favorite rock song. For that reason, each Rocker Refined design is named after an inspiring rockstar legend. Carla lives in Philadelphia with her outrageously kind husband, Nic, and their two beautiful sons.
Rocker Refined began in 2014 when Carla was searching for a rocking chair that would reflect her personal aesthetic, something special, something to build a room around. Carla wanted more than just a standard glider from a big box shop. She wanted more options than petal pink and pastel blue, but after searching the globe, she kept coming up empty-handed. Without a second thought, Carla decided to design her own! Soon after, she began designing chairs for her friends and family in her home. Once Rocker Refined turned from a hobby into a business, she needed to find an American sustainable woodcrafter in North Carolina who was able to help her fill larger orders.
Rocker Refined works directly with clients and interior designers to create one-of-a-kind pieces or to assist in picking a chair from the current collection. All of our furniture is handcrafted in the USA using sustainable wood, chemical-free stuffing and designer textiles. A portion of the proceeds from each piece is given to charitable organizations within Philadelphia and across the globe. Please take a look at our rocker and seating designs, and if you do not see exactly what you are looking for, drop us a line and let us co-design something with you! Carla@RockerRefined.com
We work hard and we deserve magic, beauty, and elegance to be reflected in our homes.
Join the Rocker Refined movement and let your home reflect your heart.
PS. Rocker Refined happens with A LOT of help from my brilliant friend, Amanda!
Trusty (Magical) Sidekick
In October of 2015, perhaps in a moment of acute kindness which she now regrets, Amanda Olsen joined the Rocker Refined team. In addition to raising her brilliant little boys with her handsome husband, Miles, and also running her family business, Amanda dances courageously in a role here at RR which vacillates daily between friend, accountant, guru, therapist, powerhouse, marketer, blogger, and fairy godmother. There is a quote by Z. Ziglar which articulates concisley some of the skills and gifts that Amanda brings to RR : The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty. Thank you, Amanda. Your example and support is the single biggest reason that I have not walked away from my dream of growing this company. If I thank Amanda every day it will still not be enough gratitude expressed.