1960s Fiberglass Stackable Chairs
Robin Day’s Classic Stackable Chair Design
The original molded Polypropylene chair was invented in 1963 by Robin Day, the very innovative British furniture designer. It became the best known of his designs as it has continued to be popular more than 40 years later, not only for its sleek design, but also for its durability and functionality.
The design came about after Day received an invitation from Shell, the British petrochemicals firm, to create a process that would overcome prior manufacturing difficulties with molded polypropylene. It was a newly created plastic that had some highly desirable qualities, such as being:
- Heat resistant
- Incredibly durable
In addition, the polypropylene material was warmer to the touch than sheet metal chairs and was well suited to injection molding. Robin Day described the chair as follows, “The chair arose from the need for a multi-purpose side chair at very low cost. Some of the uses we had in mind were cafes and canteens, chairs for working at a table, seating in lecture halls and assembly halls. . .”. He went on to explain that the chair was designed with the human form in mind so that it would be comfortable. It’s also easy to stack one chair on top of another.
The original polypropylene chair was at first only available in pale grey, flame red and charcoal. Today, chairs based on the Day design are available in an array of colors.
RetroPlanet has chairs based on the same timeless design as the Day Polypropylene chair. The styling is similar, but our chairs are made of colorful fiberglass for incredible durability. Their molded shape ensures comfort in addition to the quality and strength of their steel leg construction. These chairs are very versatile and can be used for many purposes, including home décor, a child’s playroom, dorm rooms, and in offices and waiting areas. They also make great occasional chairs for your home and can be stacked and stored out of the way when not in use. If you’re going for a Mod 1960s or 70s look in your home, or need some chairs that are very durable and functional, these would be the retro-styled chairs to consider.