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Robin Day's Reclining Chair was originally designed in 1952 and was considered by 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.

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

The design plainly expresses its structure with the inverted A-frame steel leg, flat wooden armrest, slim profile seat and high back.

The confident step of exposing the chair's fine frame was highly progressive for the time - as to was elegant, minimised depth of the upholstered seat. Furniture of the early 1950’s tended to be extremely bulky, using sprung structures with horsehair, and frames and supporting structures were often made of timber or hidden behind upholstery.

The Reclining Chair quickly found favour with leading modernist architects and designers. Its distinctive outline was highly influential and was even used in line-drawn patterns such as the ‘Homemaker’ tableware of 1957 by Enid Seeny.

The Reclining Chair remains an important and relevant reminder of progressive and significant British design history. It is an appropriate design for a contemporary marketplace offering comfort and elegance with classic design status.

twentytwentyone had the great privilege of working with Robin Day to produce both new and historical designs. Sadly, Day passed away on November 9th 2010, having given his consent to and worked on the reissuing of his design. We believe the Reclining Chair is a lasting tribute to a highly respected and directional designer.




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