The Take-A-Load-Off: Robin Day Chair

Every day in August, we highlight a different item that demonstrates the very best in British design and culture

You’ll be well aware of the late Robin Day’s utilitarian 1963 Polypropylene Chair (or "Polyprop") design – you’ve probably parked your bum on one in a school, hospital or canteen. More than 14m have been made and, 50 years on, the chair is still in production.

While unlikely to be littering public waiting areas, Day’s earlier Reclining Chair from 1952 is no less iconic. It’s also a lot more comfortable (is it any coincidence the phrase "chillaxing" only entered our lexicon after this seat was introduced?).

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Relaunched next month, Twentytwentyone’s licensed reproduction is faithful to the original.

From £1,815, twentytwentyone.com