The purpose of today’s blog is twofold – firstly, as between packing (there is so. much. stuff. in this house) and heaving around some kind of chest infection, not a lot of progress has been made on any new products this week, so I don’t have anything to show you. Secondly, there are (as always) exciting things in the works, so to get you ready for them, here’s a little (tiny) bit of designer background:
Right now we are working on a beautiful 2 seater sofa by Robin Day for Habitat. Robin Day came from High Wycombe ( the UK’s mid century furniture motherland, it would seem) and was a hugely successful furniture designer, winning accolades from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, creating seating for the Royal Festival Hall, and designing for Hille & Co in the 1950s. His most famous design was for Hille – the Polypropylene Chair.
Robin Day was one half of a mid century design power couple – he and his wife Lucienne Day were joint design consultants for John Lewis for 25 years. Lucienne was a celebrated textile designer, producing works like this:
In the 1990s Day worked with Habitat, who reissued several of his earlier designs, including the 1964 Forum settee …which is what we are working on right now.
You can discover loads more about the Days on The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation – but there are two quotes from Robin Day that I came across which really struck a chord. He was interested in “designing things that are good quality that most people can afford,” and felt that the things he made “should be re-usable and long-lasting“. Well, we’ve spoken before about how we at The Happy Chair Company feel about keeping things affordable, alongside celebrating those special, valuable pieces. And we are trying our very best, Mr Day, to rejuvenate your beautiful sofa so it can be reused by another generation…
On a side note, we thought it might be fun to make this designer showcase deal a regular feature on the blog, what do you think?
‘Til next week, vintage fans,