Robin Day was born 100 years ago on 25 May 1915.
To mark the centenary, Margaret Howell, along with a select group of ten
contemporary designers (Barber Osgerby, Ilse Crawford, Tom Dixon, Martino Gamper, Kenneth Grange, Matthew Hilton, Michael Marriott, Jasper Morrison and Terence Woodgate), was invited to collaborate with twentytwentyone to create a customised version of one of Robin’s enduring furniture designs, the Reclining chair, which was designed in 1952.
Margaret chose to upholster the chair using Blazer from the Mourne Textiles collection. They have been weaving for over half a century from their workshop at the foot of the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland.
It felt right to me to use a Mourne weave – both textural yet restrained in colour and design – for Robin Day’s reclining chair. Now, aware of his earlier collaboration with Gerd Hay-Edie, the woman who created these beautiful
fabrics, I’m happy to know they both thought so too.
– Margaret Howell
The Reclining chair Centenary Edition is available now at twentytwentyone.
View more items from Mourne Textiles here.
Barbara Hepworth is one of a few special people who have inspired me – through her work, her life, and her style. She was a woman to roll up her sleeves, and a woman who needed pockets – for chisel, pencil, and pebbles from the beach.
I recognise her world – I had early holidays in St Ives and some time living in the Yorkshire Dales – and share her affinity with the rugged form of these landscapes, and the textures of wood, stone and plant.
I connect with her independence, strength and hands-on approach as an artist, but also with her choice of work clothes and the way she wore them.
These pieces were designed to celebrate her spirit and I like to think she would have been happy to wear them.
– Margaret Howell
Read more about the exhibition here.
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