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Reclining chair Centenary MHl, 2015

Designed by Margaret Howell
Manufactured by twentytwentyone
Product code: TWE-RD-REC-CENT-MHOW


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Reclining chair by Robin Day, Centenary Edition by Margaret Howell.

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.

Margaret Howell says: "It felt right to me to use a Mourne weave for Robin Day’s Reclining chair – it's textural, yet restrained in colour and design. Now, aware of his earlier collaboration with Gerd Hay-Edie, the woman who created these beautiful fabrics, I’m happy to know they both thought it was right too."

Margaret Howell's fabric of choice is Blazer, designed in the 1950s by Gerd Hay-Edie for Hille, following a meeting with Robin Day and Lesley Julius. The design is now produced by Mourne using traditional looms and techniques in the family studios overlooking the Mourne Mountains in Ireland.

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 Mourne Blazer (black and white colourway), fabric contents: 50% linen, 25% cotton, 25% wool.

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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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