A special edition update of Robin Day’s classic 675 chair

The Conran Shop and Case’s collaboration is contemporary yet faithful to the original

From left: the Special Edition 675 Chair in Robin Red, Bilberry Blue and Granite Grey, £345 each
From left: the Special Edition 675 Chair in Robin Red, Bilberry Blue and Granite Grey, £345 each

It broke new ground when it was launched in 1952, and has since become a design classic. Now, Robin Day’s 675 chair – a British icon whose innovative structure and exceptional comfort encapsulate everything that is most admired about midcentury design – is being honoured with a collaboration between The Conran Shop and British furniture design company Case: a Special Edition 675 chair collection, which will launch in a limited run of just 150 pieces on Tuesday May 23.

The chair is upholstered in Mourne Check, woven on traditional hand looms in Ireland
The chair is upholstered in Mourne Check, woven on traditional hand looms in Ireland
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With its signature plywood back and armrests and black steel frame, the 2017 iteration (£345) has all the understated sculptural beauty of Day’s original (its back and armrests are still formed from a single piece of plywood), but also a slightly warmer aesthetic thanks to its new upholstery, which is made from the same durable linen, wool and cotton mix that Day favoured for all his upholstered furniture. Known as Mourne Check, it is woven on traditional hand looms in Ireland by Mourne Textiles, just as it always was. The colours – Robin Red, Bilberry Blue and Granite Grey – are fresh, soft and pleasingly contemporary.

The back and armrests are formed from a single piece of plywood
The back and armrests are formed from a single piece of plywood
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“A collectable in the making, this special edition gives customers the opportunity to invest in an affordable British design classic – one that looks as relevant today as it did when it was first introduced,” says Campbell Thompson, The Conran Shop’s head of furniture and lighting.

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