Robin Day Royal Model 700 Chair. Moulded plywood with walnut veneer interior and sycamore exterior. Organic form owing to innovative use of new resin adhesive urea formaldehyde, making plywood sheet so strong it could be moulded in more than one direction and form wing-like arms. Extremely rare and produced to replace the 658 Festival Hall chair that was not proving structurally hard wearing enough for commercial use. Restored and recently reupholstered.
Robin Day was an iconic British industrial designer, best known for his injection-moulded polypropylene stacking chairs – more than 20 million of which have been manufactured – and his later collaboration with Habitat. He rose to prominence in 1951 when he came up with the seating for the Festival of Britain. In 1949 Hille recruited new design talent Robin Day, giving him carte blanche to revolutionise low cost furniture. The Hillestak chair was his first commission and an instant success.