The graphic and furniture design of Robin Day

Better known for designing the seating for the Royal Festival Hall in 1951 and his invention of the polypropylene stacking chair in 1963, Robin Day OBE was also an accomplished graphic designer. A self-taught one at that: “Though my father had no formal training in graphics,” says Day’s daughter Paula, “from an early age he showed a talent for drawing, and taught himself the necessary typographic skills.” This “sensitive use of typography” became a central feature of Day’s work, much of which was for the Central Office of Information. The London Design Festival celebrates the designer’s centenary with a series of events, including the Works in Wood exhibition at the V&A until 27 September.

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