Robin Day, Armchair in black metal and curved plywood, 1950’s
Robin Day, in the style of.
Armchair standing on black lacquered tubular metal legs in reversed V shape.
High back in molded plywwod curved to obtain a curved back moving forward to the legs and forming two curved shape arms.
Trim entirely reupholstered by our workshops with a Maison Lelièvre fabric, Evasion collection, Lama reference, Craie color.
Work realized in the 1950’s close to the 675 chair conceived by Robin Day in 1952.
Composed of a back and arms in curved molded plywood, he succeeded the exploit to gather them in one piece to create a modern, comfortable, minimalist item, with fluid shapes.
Dimensions : H 82 x W 63 x D 48 cm.
Reference : LS4100
Robin Day (1915-2010) was an English designer who influenced a lot the modern design of the 20th century by the introduction of new materials as the plywood, the metal or the plastic. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1938, but didn’t find a job right after so he first became a teacher at the Beckenham School of Art, where he developed a 3D design class.
He partnered the designer Clive Latimer and met his first success by winning in 1948 the MoMA prize during the International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture. He interested the manufacturer Hille & Co., partner him during 30 years and experimented new techniques and the use of low cost materials to make creations affordable to everyone.
In 1951, he realized seatings of the Royal Festival Hall, still existing today. During the Festival of Britain he won the best prize : the Minerva medal of the Chartered Society of Designer’s for his long life design projects. Indeed, all along his career, he worked for a confortable and low cost design, mass produced but by respecting the planet thanks to its durability and its re-use.
In the new techniques he used, the work of injection molding maked him famous in the entire world. The stackable Polyprop chair created in 1963 became a design icon by its solid construction its use of modern materials and its low cost accessible for everyone.
In the 1960’s-1970’s, he realized many design projects such as the furnishing of the Cambridge Chruchill College refectory, the Barbican Arts Centre seating, seatings of auditorium, theathers, cinemas but also cafes seats and tables.
He received the medal of the Order of the British Empire in 1983 and became a senior fellow of the Royal College of Art and an honor fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects who awarded people that contributed to the architecture evolution. At the end of the 1990’s, the Habitat manufacture re-edited some of his creations. But the re-edition of Robin Day furniture is managed since 2012 by the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation, created by their daughter Paula Day.
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