A model 658 chair designed in 1951 by Robin Day for Hille. The chair was originally developed for the Royal Festival Hall.
Robin Day - Polyprop chair
“A good design should fulfil its purpose well, be soundly constructed and should express in its design this purpose and construction.”
Robin Day OBE FCSD (25 May 1915 – 9 November 2010) was a British chartered industrial and furniture designer
Day is best known for the injection-moulded polypropylene stacking chair, more than 20 million of which have been manufactured. It was one of the first pieces of furniture to fully use the mass-manufacturing opportunities of injection moulding, and was selected as one of eight designs in a 2009 series of "British Design Classics".
He rose to prominence in 1951 when he designed the seating for the Festival of Britain. He was a past winner of the Chartered Society of Designers's highest accolade, the Minerva Medal, awarded for lifetime achievement in the field of design. He was a patron of the South Coast Design Forum
Robin Day has long been revered in Britain as the grandmaster of furniture design. Born in 1915 in High Wycombe, the historic centre for the British furniture industry, he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in London in the early 1930s. A tenacious and strong-willed character, Robin Day first won critical acclaim for his furniture designs in the 1950s.
Robin Day’s most famous and celebrated furniture designs emerged when he experimented with polypropylene and created the first plastic shell chair. The polypropylene and Polo chairs were cheap, durable and stylish and offered a comfortable and affordable option for the masses.
Robin Day’s passion was to create furniture that was practical, sturdy and long lasting. The polypropylene chair was bought in bulk by a range of businesses including airports, hospitals and restaurants due to the chairs versatile and hardwearing design. Robin Day’s chairs can be seen in commercial and domestic environments around the world and are proclaimed as true British design classics.
Robin Day is heralded by many as the most influential furniture designer of the 20th century who made an indelible impression on British design. Robin Day passed away in late 2010. At Loft we feel that it is our great privilege to have been able to work with Robin Day in the last 10 years of his career and to sell timeless designs by a man who lived to become a legend in his own lifetime.
The Reclining chair was originally designed in 1952 and considered by Robin Day to be one of his most successful and iconic designs. The high comfort levels and clearly articulated structure fulfilled Robin Day’s design sensibilities. The modernist vocabulary of the Reclining chair encapsulates principles that were inherent in much of his wide body of work.
Softwood frame with foam and elasticated webbing. Fixed upholstery in range of fabrics and leather. Adjustable head-cushion. Powder-coated steel frame. Solid oak armrest with satin lacquer finish.