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Childsply chair, 1999

Designed by Robin Day
Manufactured by twentytwentyone
Product code: TWE-RD-CHILDS-R


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Childsply chair by Robin Day for twentytwentyone.

In 1999 Robin Day generously supported a charitable exhibition conceived by twentytwentyone to raise money for the Children's Hope Foundation. 

A lack of well-designed children's furniture prompted our quest to highlight an overlooked sector and twentytwentyone approached twelve designers to create furniture using a single sheet of plywood. The project was called Childsply

Robin Day proposed a design that allowed several chairs to be cut from a single sheet of plywood - an approach typical of his desire to explore mass production. Despite the apparently simple design and efficient cutting programme, the Childsply chair is a complex construction that marries flat-cut and formed plywood.

This original design had great personality, a robust construction and, of course, inherent functionality. For a short period of time following the exhibition twentytwentyone offered painted and natural chairs, made in small batches by a skilled carpenter who was a friend of the designer. 

In 2017 twentywentyone is reissuing the Childsply chair. Manufactured in the UK using CNC-cut birch-faced FSC plywood and hand-finished in water-based clear lacquer, the chair features a red-lacquered seat and a blue 'eye' detail that honour the original colourway created by Robin Day. 

The Childsply chair is endorsed by The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation. 

35w x 44d x 28/48cmh 

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