Robin Day (designer)
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|Robin Day OBE|
|Born||25 May 1916
High Wycombe, England
|Died||9 November 2010
|Education||Royal College of Art|
|Alma mater||High Wycombe School of Art|
|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|
Robin Day OBE FCSD (25 May 1915 – 9 November 2010) was a British chartered industrial and furniture designer, 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".
Day rose to prominence during the 1951 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.
He married Lucienne Conradi (1917–2010) in 1942; the couple had one child, a daughter. Lucienne Day was a noted textile designer, who died in 2010, the same year as her husband.
Robin and Lucienne Day established themselves as Britain's most celebrated post-war designer couple, and have often been compared to their US contemporaries, Charles Eames and Ray Eames. The couple retired in 2000 to Chichester.
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. The exhibition also ran at PM Gallery & House, Ealing, London from 15 July to 4 September 2011.
- Obituary in The Independent, Friday, 19 November 2010
- "Dezeen » Blog Archive » British Design Classics stamps by Royal Mail". Retrieved 19 April 2012.
- "Robin and Lucienne Day: Design and the Modern Interior". Pallant House Gallery. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
- "Robin and Lucienne Day: Design and the Modern Interior". Ealing Council. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
- The Robin Day Collection
- "The Robin Day Polyprop Chair"
- "Robin + Lucienne Day", Design Museum
- Bibliography at Amazon.com
- The Days: Design and the Modern Interior, by Emma O'Kelly
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