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Robin Day (designer)

Robin Day OBE
Born 25 May 1916
High Wycombe, England
Died 9 November 2010
Nationality British
Education Royal College of Art
Alma mater High Wycombe School of Art
Occupation Industrial designer
Employer Loft - Loft Furniture Limited, Hille, Royal Festival Hall, BOAC, Pye Ltd., London Underground, Barbican Centre, John Lewis, Ercol, Magis, Habitat, SCP
Known for Polypropylene chair
Spouse(s) Lucienne Day
Children Paula

Robin Day OBE FCSD (25 May 1915 – 9 November 2010)[1] was a British chartered industrial and furniture designer.

He married Lucienne Conradi (1917–2010) in 1942; the couple had one child, a daughter.


  • Career 1
  • Gallery 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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[2] of "British Design Classics".

He rose to prominence in 1951 when he designed the seating for the Festival of Britain.[3] 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.

It was at an exhibition in New York that he came to the attention of the British furniture company Hille and they soon started working together, initially on cold-formed plywood laminated chair, notably the "Q"-stack. Aware of the increasing use of fibre-glass in chair shells, Day worked with Hille on designing a chair shell using the recently invented poly propylene. The result polypropylene chair has since been manufactured on world-wide, with at one time up to forty companies producing the chair under licence from Hille

In 1999, High Street retailer Habitat introduced the Robin Day sofa and chair range (which Day had designed in 1964). The collaboration between Habitat and Day has been described as "hugely influential" in proving that contemporary design had a market.[3]

An exhibition of Lucienne Day's textiles and Robin Day's furniture, "Robin and Lucienne Day: Design and the Modern Interior", was held between 26 March and 26 June 2011 at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester.[4] The exhibition also ran at PM Gallery & House, Ealing, London from 15 July to 4 September 2011.[5]


See also


  1. ^ The IndependentObituary in , Friday, 19 November 2010
  2. ^ "Dezeen » Blog Archive » British Design Classics stamps by Royal Mail". Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Barford, Vanessa (14 May 2014). "Five Habitat products that changed the home". BBC News Magazine. BBC. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Robin and Lucienne Day: Design and the Modern Interior". Pallant House Gallery. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Robin and Lucienne Day: Design and the Modern Interior". Ealing Council. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 

External links

  • Contemporary Present Day 'Robin Day' Furniture
  • The Robin Day Collection
  • "The Robin Day Polyprop Chair"
  • "Robin + Lucienne Day", Design Museum
  • Bibliography at
  • , by Emma O'KellyThe Days: Design and the Modern Interior
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