During London Design Festival, the V&A will mark the centenary of the birth of Robin Day with Robin Day Works in Wood. Consisting of a ‘forest’ of timber columns designed by Turner Prize nominee Assemble, and curated by Jane Withers, the exhibition celebrates one of the most significant British furniture designers of the 20th century by displaying some of his most famous furniture designs, alongside handmade objects and drawings – some of which have never before been exhibited.
Assemble’s concept looks at Robin Day’s early life spent amongst the woodlands and furniture industry of High Wycombe, where materials, processes and products were inextricably linked with the rhythm of everyday life. The exhibition is a conduit for exploring Robin Day’s relationship with wood, creating a tactile and materially rich experience that encompasses the evolution of the timber process, and its different experiential and structural possibilities. John Lewis and Benchmark support the exhibition, which will be on display outside the V&A’s Britain 1500-1900 Galleries from 19 September until 4 October 2015.
Robin Day Works in Wood will form the focus of Day in London – a self guided trail across the capital linking exhibition venues and key locations related to London’s Robin Day heritage. These include a Robin Day retrospective in Case Furniture’s Wandsworth showroom, a seminar at the V&A celebrating Robin Day’s life on 25 September and a showcase of the Reclining Chair reinterpreted by various designers in twentytwentyone’s showroom. John Lewis will also re-launch the famous Polypropylene sidechair (1963) and armchair (1967) in its newly renovated Home Department, with the original frame and in the original colourways.
Robin Day Works in Wood, Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL
Monday – Sunday, 10.00 – 17.45