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.