Launch of the Robin Day Centenary Edition at twentytwentyone

On July 1, 2015 · 0 Comments

The Robin Day Reclining Chair Centenary Edition by twentytwentyonetwentytwentyone celebrated the launch of the Robin Day Centenary Edition at its River Street showroom last night.

The company has marked the centenary of Robin Day‘s birth with a very special edition of one of his most iconic designs: the Reclining chair. A select group of ten British Designers have been invited to cover the chair in a fabric of their chosing; the result is a fondly respectful tribute to a designer who continues to inspire and influence, and to a timeless piece of design.

twentytwentyone's Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining chairs

Speaking at the event, Paula Day (daughter of Robin and Lucienne Day and founder of the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation) said: “When I first saw the list of designers involved I realised that this would be such a thoughtful response to my father’s work.

The fact that all ten designers instantly agreed to take part says a great deal about their generosity of spirit and their respect both for my father and for twentytwentyone. It is a wonderfully creative compliment to my father and I know he would have loved the fact that ten such distinguished designers are paying tribute to a design that he developed in his 30s.”

Paula Day speaking at the launch of twentytwentyone's Robin Day Centenary Edition

Paula Day noted how many of the designers had referenced Day’s love of mountains and outdoor activities in their choice of fabrics for the Reclining chair, saying: “I have been particularly moved to see designers refer to my father’s passions beyond of the world of design. These allusions to the other dimensions that made up the man I knew are very touching.”

The contributing designers are Barber & Osgerby, Ilse Crawford, Tom Dixon, Martino Gamper, Kenneth Grange, Matthew Hilton, Margaret Howell, Michael Marriot, Jasper Morrison and Terence Woodgate.

Terence Woodgate seated in his Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining chair

Terence Woodgate, pictured above, said of his choice of fabric: “that fact that it is called Outback seems appropriate for a man who enjoyed the wilderness.”

Jay Barber and Ed Osgerby with their Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining chair

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby revealed that they had been inspired by a photograph which showed Robin Day in his studio with a large panoramic photograph of a mountain range in the background, saying: “the colours we chose for the chair were in direct reference to the greens and greys of those snow-capped mountains.”

Michael Marriot seated in his Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining chair

Michael Marriot said of his involvement in the Centenary Edition: “It feels a real privilege to be invited to make some small intervention with one of his pieces. My approach was to find something that – while contemporary – was totally at home with the feel of Robin’s chair and that had a similarly distinguished character and poise, like the man himself.”

Launch of the Robin Day Centenary Edition at twentytwentyone's River Street showroom

Paula Day also revealed the unexpected resonance of one particular designer’s choice of fabric. The Mourne fabric selected by Margaret Howell had previously been used by Robin and Lucienne Day to cover another chair that stood in their Cheyne Walk home – Day’s High Wide and Handsome chair, described by Paula Day as “a great hug of a chair.”

Paula Day seated in Margaret Howell's Centenary Edition of the Robin Day Reclining chair

The Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining chair is exclusive to twentytwentyone.

All ten chairs are currently on display at the River Street showroom and can be viewed online.

Robin Day's tricorne tray on display at twentytwentyone's launch of the Robin Day Reclining Chair Centenary Edition

Nanimarquina – rugs with a conscience

On June 24, 2015 · 0 Comments

Medina rug by Nanimarquina

Nanimarquina rugs are notable for their bold and innovative contemporary designs, but the company is equally remarkable for its socially and environmentally responsible ethos.

Since the 1990s Nanimarquina has outsourced its production to India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, enabling it to draw on an unrivalled body of craftsmanship and expertise. Today, each Nanimarquina rug is hand-crafted in community workshops where time-honoured, traditional techniques of weaving and hand-knotting are proven to produce the best possible results in terms of finish, performance and integrity.

Nanimarquina rugs are woven using time-honoured techniques

In addition to providing secure employment and working conditions for local communities, these workshops maintain respect for and encourage the preservation of traditional artisanal skills. Remarkably, no electricity is used in the manufacture of a Nanimarquina rug.

Traditional tools used in the crafting of a Nanimarquina rug

From start to finish, each product is handmade and finished using tools which have been developed for this purpose over generations.

Each Nanimarquina rug is hand-finished

As part of its respect for the cultures and communities on whose expertise it draws, Nanimarquina is committed to an exacting code of environmental responsibility. The company promotes the use of biodegradable and recycled products and works to eliminate toxic chemicals from the dying and manufacturing processes used to make its rugs.

Nanimarquina does not use any toxic chemicals in its production process

The company also works closely with a number of charitable organisations dedicated to improving the lives of those who live and work in the areas where rugs are produced. In addition to its involvement with initiatives such as Care & Fair, Nanimarquina donates a percentage of its sales to fund an extensive school-building and education programme for local children.

Nanimarquina supports a range of local education projects

This unique combination of contemporary design, traditional craftsmanship and global conscience ensures that each Nanimarquina rug is very special indeed. twentytwentyone is proud to stock their striking and exemplary designs.

Losanges rug by R&E Bouroullec for Nanimarquina

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