PEOPLEText: Karl and Yasmeen

Normally you have to break the bank to get hold of some designer pieces but with the introduction of 20th Century Classics at Habitat it is possible to invest in the Day’s design. Habitat are collaborating with design legends of our time and offer their designs, although slightly modified, for an affordable price. It is not a surprise that Tom Dixon, Design Director of Habitat, speaks so warmly about the Day’s, because he is aware of their significance and what interested Habitat to re-launch the Day’s designs were their understanding of the process.

Onetree chair, Robin Day, Ercol, 2001, Photo: Robert Walker © Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation

Nowadays designers spend much of their time in front of a computer screen but the Day’s works much more in an hands-on approach. When we saw Lucienne’s sketchbook absolutey packed with different printed fabrics it makes you wonder why you rely on the computer so heavily. It is probably the hand-made look of especially Lucienne’s work which have made them so successfull.

Gouache design of VC10 aircraft interior, Robin Day, 1967 © Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation

Now it has gone three months since we bought our Robin Day polypropylene chairs, so far so good, a bargain at 20£ each, at sale!

We wish we can experience the sort of successful career and life that the Day’s have achieved in theirs. We don’t envy them but we truly admire them.


Robin and Lucienne Day: Pioneers of Contemporary Design
Date: February 8th – April 16th, 2001
Place: Barbican Museum, Barbican Centre
Address: Silk St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS
Tel: +44 (0)20 7638 4141

Text: Karl and Yasmeen
Photos: Photos: Courtesy of Robin & Lucienne Day Foundation

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