Robin Day’s polystool

Designed in 1972 by Robin Day for the education market, the e-series polypropylene range of chairs and stools uses the same principles as his classic polypropylene chair; a low cost, mass production piece of furniture. It shows extreme strength and durability making it ubiquitous in educational establishments.

Hille polystool robin day

Although and odd choice for the home, given its purpose was for science labs the world over, I have had a fondness for this simple stool for some time. First seeing it used as a bar stool in a London apartment, adorned with a yellow plastic seat to tweak the well-known dull grey that we saw at school, this stool is chameleon-like in its ability to blend in to its surroundings.

Even the takeaway establishment ‘The Japanese Canteen’ uses these stools with their interior as they stack super-easy and are utilitarian in their design making them practical, yet in my opinion, quite stylish!

Between £15-£20 each, these are cheap too. It makes Ikea hang its head in shame that a stool designed almost 40 years ago is still in production, still in use and one of the most famous stools known to us now.

Courtesy of Robin Day for Pallant House Gallery

A new exhibition at the Pallant House Gallery, which opens tomorrow, draws from the collection of H Kirk Brown III and Jill A Wiltse in Denver, USA, and guest-curated by Shanna Shelby to focus on the furniture designs of Robin Day and textile designs of his wife Lucienne and will fittingly be held in Chichester, the Days’ home town.

If you get an opportunity to be in Chichester between 26 March and 26 June 2011, do head to the Pallant House Gallery for this momentous exhibition.

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Having worked in design for the past decade, Daniel started as a discussion of timeless, modernist product design. Trained as a graphic designer, he also has an avid interest in typography. You can follow him on Twitter @ateliertally.

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