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Assemble to create ‘forest’ to celebrate Robin Day

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Assemble is set to create an installation at the V&A to mark the centenary of the birth of designer Robin Day

The Turner Prize-nominated practice plans to build a ‘forest of timber columns’ to reflect Day’s early life growing up near the woodlands of High Wycombe.

The installation forms part of an exhibition of the 20th century furniture designer’s work curated by Jane Withers.

The exhibition will include some of Day’s most famous furniture designs alongside handmade objects, drawings, and writings.

Withers, said: ‘Wood played a huge part in Day’s life, both as a designer and in his home life, but it is an aspect of his work that few people know much about.

‘Exploring this strand through the archives and Day’s private woodwork not only highlights how he turned wood into an expressive modern material but also his profound attachment to nature as a source of inspiration as well as raw material, an approach that feels immensely relevant today and is brought to life in Assemble’s installation.’

Day’s career spanned almost seven decades and he is responsible for a huge body of work, including the auditorium seating at the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican art centre, seating on London Underground platforms, and the 1963 polypropylene chair.  

Robin Day Works in Wood runs outside the V&A’s Britain 1500 – 1900 Galleries from 19 September

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  • I did the design brief for the office furniture Robin Day designed for Hille in the 1960,s...and have vivid memories of visiting his house ... I look forward to seeing this exhibition very much.

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