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Reclining chair Centenary TW, 2015

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


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Reclining chair by Robin Day, Centenary Edition by Terence Woodgate.

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.

Terence Woodgate says, "I had the great pleasure of meeting Robin when I became an RDI [Royal Designer for Industry] in 2003. We both admired each other’s work and talked much about travels and mountains.

I chose this particular fabric because I used a similar bouclé on a sofa, which I know Robin liked. The fact that the fabric used here is called Outback seemed appropriate for a man who enjoyed the wilderness.”

Outback is a textural fabric designed by Giulio Ridolfo for Kvadrat. This bouclé, wool-based fabric uses various colours across both warp and weft and comes in a variety of rich shades inspired by colour tones seen in the natural landscape.

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

Softwood frame with foam and elasticated webbing. Adjustable head-cushion. Powder-coated steel frame. Solid oak armrest with satin lacquer finish. Outback fabric content: 80% new wool, 20% nylon.

Seat: Outback colour 0641, head cushion: Outback colour 0851.

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Made in the United Kingdom.

89w x 94d x 43/93cmh

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