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Reclining chair Centenary MM, 2015

Designed by Michael Marriott
Manufactured by twentytwentyone
Product code: TWE-RD-REC-CENT-MM


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Reclining chair by Robin Day, Centenary Edition by Michael Marriot.

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.

Michael Marriot recalls: "I met Robin only a handful of times, once over a dinner in Milan where he told stories of the development and production of the polyprop chair shell, which highlighted the changes he had witnessed within the industry and indeed the world. You could not help but have enormous respect for him, so it feels a privilege to be invited to make some small intervention with one of his pieces.

My approach was to find something that - while contemporary - was totally at home with the feel of Robin's chair and that had a similarly distinguished character and poise, like the man himself!”

Michael Marriot has opted to cover the Reclining chair in Balder 3 by Kvadrat, originally conceived by Fanny Aronsen and refined into its current form by Raf Simmons. The textile is woven from several different tones to create an apparently irregular weave with subtle depth of colour across the surface of the fabric.

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. Upholstered in Kvadrat Balder 3, navy (colour 782), fabric content: 68% new wool, 26% cotton, 6% polyamide.

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Made in the United Kingdom.

89w x 94d x 43/93cmh

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