Bucks New University Furniture student Sebiha Macit has been awarded a prize for her concept work in the first of the two-stage Robin Day Centenary Design Project.
Sebiha collected her prize, a copy of the book, Robin and Lucienne Day: Pioneers of Contemporary Design, from Paula Day, Robin’s daughter and founder of the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation.Sebiha’s project was inspired by traditional Turkish stools and she presented a scale model and full-size detail of how it would look when constructed.
Robin Day OBE studied at Bucks New University in the 1930s when it was called High Wycombe College of Art and he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University in 2003. He would have turned 100 this year.
Merits were awarded to Madara Degtere, Jack Hazell, and Hannah Vincent and a further award will be presented for full-size design prototypes at the end-of-year art and design show at Bucks New University in June.
Fiona Davidson, Senior Lecturer in Furniture, said: “Robin Day OBE was, without doubt, one of the pioneers of British post-war design.
“He was born and bred in High Wycombe and is one of Bucks New University’s most illustrious alumni. In this, his centenary year, BA (Hons) Furniture is privileged to run this project with The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation.
“It represents our own Bucks homage to Robin Day’s enduring and inspirational design legacy.”
Paula Day said: “There was an excellent range of work and some students had used the model-making process to investigate and develop their design concept to good effect.
“We look forward to returning to Bucks New University next June to see the progress made by students on their designs and to award a prize.”
Robin Day OBE was one of the most significant British furniture designers of the 20th Century and designed the world’s first injection-moulded Polypropylene chair.
It was originally designed in 1963 for the firm of S. Hille & Co. and is still in production today by its successor, Hille Educational Products.
The Robin Day Polypropylene chair was the first polypropylene shell chair ever created and tens of millions have been sold worldwide.
Amos Marchant, furniture technician with The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation, set up and oversaw the Robin Day Centenary design project with lecturers Fiona Davidson and Alex Hellum.
Pictures: Furniture student Sebiha Macit with Paula Day; entries for the competition, students and lecturers with Paula Day and Amos Marchant of the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation.