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The Monocle Minute On Design


If you were to ask Paula Day what constitutes a good chair, the daughter of fêted British designer Robin would tell you that “it must be comfortable and strong enough to withstand decades of use”. And judging by the new version of her father’s Reclining chair, made with upholstery by Mourne Textiles, the same could be said for design partnerships too. The designer and textile brand first worked together for exhibitions at Milan’s Salone del Mobile in the early 1950s, where Mourne’s rugs were the backdrop to Robin’s wares. And the collaboration has now continued thanks to retailer Twentytwentyone (with oversight from Paula) for an edition of the celebrated lounger to mark the shop’s 25th anniversary.

The new iteration uses wool upholstery, inspired by Mourne’s archive, and American walnut arms large enough for resting an equally generous drink on. It’s a comfortable combination and, if this enduring design partnership is anything to go, means that the new Reclining chair will likely be a living room favourite for decades.

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Insert published by 12/05/2021