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Robin Day

Still brimming with ideas, Robin continued to create new furniture designs throughout the 1990s, reaffirming his lifetime commitment to functionalism, fine detailing and understated style. Whilst continuing to collaborate with Hille, he also responded to commissions from appreciative new clients such as twentytwentyone and SCP.

Public seating remained a major preoccupation, masterfully tackled in his Toro and Woodro benches for London Underground, still in production today. Made of rust-proof and scratch-resistant materials, they were designed to provide comfort and lumbar support through their contours rather than padding, as well as being easy to clean.

Robin and Lucienne’s post-war design achievements were brought back into the public eye after their work was prominently showcased in a landmark exhibition called The New Look: Design in the Fifties at Manchester City Art Gallery in 1991. Growing appreciation by the younger generation prompted Habitat to reissue some of Robin’s earlier furniture, including his Forum Settee, 675 chair and Polypropylene Chair (made in a translucent version by Hille).

Robin Day in his Cheyne Walk studio, 1990s 
Robin & Lucienne Day Foundation/Photo Jacqui Seager