In 1950, Robin Day designed the Hillestak chair, which was composed of a moulded plywood seat and separate back, secured within a beech ‘A’ frame. This stackable chair was relatively cheap and stylish. Like many of his designs, the use of materials was minimise, due partly to the austerity of the post war years and demands of modernism. It also broke away from traditional designs of the time.
British designer Robin Day had a celebrated career that spanned over 70 years. His modernist designs were revolutionary and transformed schools, stadiums, cafes and homes. He not only designed furniture but aircraft interiors for BOAC, carpet for Woodward Grosvenor and televisions and radios for Pye. Day also designed the interiors of several Waitrose supermarkets and John Lewis department stores, notably Milton Keynes in 1979.