Possibly one of our favourite sofas and very glad to see it back, the Forum designed by Robin Day is an icon of mid-century design. Originally designed in 1964 by Robin Day, the sofa and armchair feature a hardwood frame beautifully crafted with a finger joint detail, supported by chrome plated legs mounted to the outside of the frame.
When Day designed Forum he purposefully exposed the elements to showcase the beauty of its form to show that the visible construction is integral to the design. Case has worked in close partnership with the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation to bring this iconic design back into production, nearly 60 years after it was first launched. Design drawings and an example of the original production were carefully studied and a new production developed which maintains the integrity of Robin Day’s original design. Attention to detail has included recreating the exact seat angle and the full width timber plank casing, while incorporating modern materials such as Dacron-wrapped foam cushions to ensure ultimate comfort and cushion structure, solid walnut or oak to replace the tropical hardwood veneers used in the 1960s, and a metal-reinforced frame for strength and longevity.
Paula Day; Founder, Trustee & Chair, The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation comments: “I grew up with my father Robin Day’s Forum. He furnished our living room at Cheyne Walk with two Forum sofas when they first launched in the 1960s, and chose to continue using them for nearly half a century. With this bold design, he challenged the convention of hiding a sofa’s timber frame under the upholstery, instead placing it on the outside to create the Forum’s handsome and unmistakable signature feature. So it’s a real pleasure to see the original Forum returning in Case’s authentic reissue. Case has worked with dedication to achieve a high-quality new production which is true to the original dimensions and respectful of the original aesthetic.”
Materials: Stainless steel frame, Dacron-wrapped foam cushions, solid walnut or oak frame, Boucle fabric or leather. *** If you need fabric or leather samples get in touch and we can arrange them for you. ***
Dimensions: Height: 66.5cm x Width: 211.5cm x Depth: 82cm (Seat Height: 41.5cm
Robin Day OBE (1915 - 2010) was one of the most acclaimed and significant British furniture designers of the 20th Century. His influential furniture designs introduced materials such as plywood, steel and plastic into the modern design world. His iconic designs have a place in design history, one of our favourites is the Case 675 Chair. (Photograph above courtesy of : The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation)