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Reclining chair Centenary IC, 1952

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


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Reclining chair by Robin Day, Centenary Edition by Ilse Crawford.

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.

Ilse Crawford comments: “It's a challenge and an honour to be tasked with a new edition of such an iconic design as Robin Day's Reclining chair. We wanted to stay true to Robin's design principles but also to add a new dimension, a humility, a warmth.

We investigated a number of materials but chose the long-haired icelandic sheepskin for it's natural tactility and the messy, slightly wild appearance of the hair which softens the straight lines and angular structure (and Day did love wilderness, from rock climbing to Nordic skiing). This gives a more animated personality that conveys the comfort of this iconic design."

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

Icelandic longhaired sheep are reared freely in a wholly organic environment. The sheepskin has two lengths of fleece, with a short undercoat that provides warmth. No artificial chemicals, colours or chromium are used in the tanning process, ensuring a natural product of great quality, comfort and durability.

Softwood frame with foam and elasticated webbing. Adjustable head-cushion. Powder-coated steel frame. Solid oak armrest with satin lacquer finish. Upholstered in dark brown, long-haired sheepskin.

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The Reclining chair is part of the Robin Day Collection®  made by twentytwentyone under licence from the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation.

Made in the United Kingdom.

89w x 94d x 43/93cmh

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