Celebrating the work of Robin Day at London Design Festival
We’re delighted to be working with Turner Prize nominees, Assemble, to mark the Centenary of the birth of Robin Day as part of the London Design Festival at the V&A.
Robin Day Works in Wood celebrates one of the most significant British furniture designers of the 20th century, displaying some of his most famous furniture designs alongside handmade objects and drawings which have never before been exhibited, and writings that reveal his deep attachment to nature.
Reflecting on the forest as Day’s fundamental site of creative exploration, Assemble’s concept will look at Robin Day’s early life amongst the woodlands and furniture industry of High Wycombe where materials, processes and products were linked with the rhythm of everyday life. The installation will explore Robin’s relationship with wood, encompassing the evolution of the timber process and its different experiential and structural possibilities.
We’ve made the forest of timber blocks that will be used to display the objects and create a playful landscape. The installation is on display outside the V&A’s Britain 1500-1900 Galleries. Running from 19th September, the exhibit will form the focus of ‘Day in London’ – a trail across the city joining the V&A, with the V&A Seminar programme and Case Furniture.
We’re really happy to be part of the team commemorating Robin’s centenary. He has always been a personal design icon of Sean’s. “During my early years of training, Robin’s use of formed plywood was tremendously inspiring in showing the possibilities of wood, its versatility and strength as well as its warmth”. We very much hope that if Robin could visit our workshop, he would approve of what we do and how we do it.