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Reclining chair Centenary MH, 1952

Designed by Matthew Hilton
Manufactured by twentytwentyone
Product code: TWE-RD-REC-CENT-MHIL


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Reclining chair by Robin Day, Centenary Edition by Matthew Hilton.

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.

Matthew Hilton recalls, "I first met Robin at his very elegant house in Cheyne walk. One of the first things he did when we got there, at about 5pm, was to offer us a very large whisky. He then told us he was feeling sad about not being able to take part in his annual trek across the Norwegian ice and snow in midwinter because his hip was giving him jip. He was just past his 78th birthday!

He was a true bon vivuer and had great energy. I remember another memorable evening in Bar Basso at midnight, where the only thing holding us up was the crush of people. The Reclining chair is lovely, and the Eleanor Pritchard fabric very suitable, I think.”

Matthew Hilton pays tribute to Day by covering the chair in Totley, designed by Eleanor Pritchard and woven in Scotland on the Isle of Bute. The fabric is named after the Totley transmitter on Emley Moor in West Yorkshire. The design has two faces and is typical of Pritchard's pared-back geometric motifs.

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. Totley fabric content: 92% pure new wool, 8% nylon.

Seat upholstery: Totley Face A (hot orange with black and white marl accent). Head cushion: Face B (black and white marl with hot orange accent).

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Made in the United Kingdom.

89w x 94d x 43/93cmh

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Reclining chair Centenary MH


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