Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining chair in Tokyo

On November 11, 2015 · 0 Comments

The Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining Chair by Margaret Howell featured in the Japanese press

The Reclining Chair is a classic of modern British design – originally created by Robin Day in 1952, re-clothed by Margaret Howell in 2015 and now exhibiting in Tokyo for the first time.

Robin Day Reclining Chair on display in Tokyo

twentytwentyone celebrated the centenary of eminent British designer Robin Day by inviting a select group of the UK’s foremost designers to upholster one of his most iconic furniture designs in a fabric of their own chosing.

Margaret Howell opted to use a classic midcentury Mourne tweed designed by the noted textile designer Gerd Hay-Edie. Further research revealed that Howell’s fabric of choice had in fact been developed by Hay-Edie following a series of meetings with Robin Day.

Moreover, Robin Day’s daughter revealed at twentytwentyone’s launch of the Robin Day Centenary Edit that this particular fabric had been used to cover another chair in Robin and Lucienne Day’s home – the High, Wide and Handsome chair designed by Robin Day in 1958.

Robin Day Reclining Edition chair, upholstered in Margaret Howell's choice of Mourne Emphasize Tweed

Margaret Howell’s tribute to Day can currently be seen on display in Tokyo, where it forms part of an exhibition of classic and contemporary furniture and household goods selected by the designer.

The exhibition of household goods selected by Margaret Howell, currently on display in Tokyo

Sitting alongside other timeless designs from Ercol, Anglepoise, Mourne Textiles and Robert Welch, the Centenary Edition Reclining chair attests to the discerning eye of Margaret Howell as well as the enduring vision of Robin Day.

Above all, it stands as a respectful and resonant tribute from one designer to another.

Margaret Howell's homewares display, including the Centenary Edition Reclining chair

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

Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining chair

On June 11, 2015 · 3 Comments

Robin Day centenary blog image

Robin Day was born 100 years ago on May 25, 1915. To mark his centenary, twentytwentyone has collaborated with a select group of designers to compose an editorial of one of Robin’s enduring furniture designs, the Reclining chair, and pay homage to one of Britain’s most gifted and industrious designers.

Day designed the Reclining chair in 1952.

Robin Day Reclining chair

Reflecting on his work half a century later, he considered it to be amongst his most successful products, noting that it was ‘an early design showing a clearly articulated structure. The slim steel rod frame cradles a shaped upholstered unit and timber arms which can also serve as shelves for glasses, etc.’ (Robin Day, 2007)

Robin Day Reclining chair

Robin Day Reclining chair past and present

The Reclining chair is produced by twentytwentyone in the UK, licensed and endorsed by the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation.

Robin Day Reclining chair, twentytwentyone

Now, twentytwentyone has invited ten of the UK’s foremost designers to upholster the Reclining chair in a textile of their choosing.

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.

Day Reclining chair Centenary Edit

Each has faced the challenge of choosing a textile that that appeals to their own personal design criteria while resonating with the chair’s original spirit and character – and perhaps also drawing a smile from Robin in the process. The results are an enlightening union of classic and contemporary and a respectful tribute to a great designer.

Robin Day

The Reclining chair Centenary Design Edit will be launched on 1st July with an installation of the ten designs at the twentytwentyone showroom, and will be available to order following the launch. In keeping with Robin’s philosophies, these will not be limited or up-charged, and are priced purely to reflect the cost of the material.

The twentytwentyone initiative forms part of the 2015 Robin Day Centenary Celebrations which will culminate in a number of London Design Festival events, including a Robin Day exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Wallpaper Design Award 2012

On July 23, 2012 · 0 Comments

twentytwentyone are extremely proud to have been recognised with a Wallpaper Design Award 2012. The Robin Day Reclining chair was awarded Best Reissue. The authoritative panel of judges were selecting from an international field, so the award is a great honour. It reflects the quality and longevity of Robin Day’s design.

Robin designed the chair in 1952, and always considered it to be one of his most successful designs. It offers high levels of comfort, and read more…

Robin Day Reclining chair

On September 1, 2011 · 0 Comments

twentytwentyone will reproduce a Robin Day classic. The Reclining chair was originally designed in 1952 and considered by Day to be one of his most successful and iconic designs. The high comfort levels and clearly articulated structure fulfilled Robin Day’s design sensibilities.

“A good design should fulfil its purpose well, be soundly constructed and should express in its design this purpose and construction.” Robin Day read more…

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