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Reclining chair Centenary BO, 2015

Designed by Robin Day
Manufactured by twentytwentyone
Product code: TWE-RD-REC-CENT-BO


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Reclining chair by Robin Day, Centenary Edition by Barber & Osgerby.

To celebrate the centenary of Robin Day's birth, twentytwentyone has collaborated with a select group of designers to compose an editorial of one of his most enduring furniture designs.

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby recall: “Robin was an avid mountaineer and a portrait of him in his studio against a large panoramic photograph of a mountain range inspired our design. The colours we chose from the Skye range for Bute were in reference to the greens and greys of those snow-capped

The Reclining chair was originally designed in 1952 and was considered by Robin Day to be one of his most successful and iconic designs. The high comfort levels and clearly articulated structure fulfilled Day’s exacting design sensibilities. The modernist vocabulary of the Reclining chair encapsulates principles that were inherent in much of his wide body of work.

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

Barber & Osgerby have covered the Reclining chair's seat, back and headcushion in contrasting shades of Skye, a textile of their own design for Bute fabrics. Designed in 2007, Skye has a traditional cord structure with a second colour running alongside to give contrast and a satisfyingly three-dimensional quality.

Softwood frame with foam and elasticated webbing. Adjustable head-cushion. Powder-coated steel frame. Solid oak armrest with satin lacquer finish.

Seat: Skye colour 7777. Back: colour 7878. Head cushion: colour 3030. Fabric content: 85% pure new wool, 15% nylon.

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Made in the United Kingdom.

89w x 94d x 43/93cmh

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Made-to-order: 6-8 weeks

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