The installation combined Day’s handmade and industrially-produced work in wood
Royal Festival Hall dining chair by Robin Day
Bird table made by Robin Day
Robin Day Works in Wood, V&A Museum, 2015
We were invited by the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation to curate an exhibition celebrating Robin Day’s centenary. Seeking to move beyond the familiar trope of Day as designer of the world’s best-selling plastic chair and give a fresh perspective on his legacy, we focussed on Day’s little explored but deep-rooted feeling for wood. The exhibition juxtaposed his finely tuned industrial designs with handmade objects made for his personal use that are characterised by a rudimentary directness, ingenuity and playfulness and had not been exhibited before. Architectural practice Assemble juxtaposed these elements in an installation inspired by the forest where Day grew up. The exhibition included Day’s drawings, writings and contextual material to give a deeper understanding of his poetic attachment to nature.
Photography Paola Pieroni