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Furniture graduate wins second stage of the Robin Day Centenary Design Project

Bucks New University Furniture graduate Madara Degtere has been presented with a Robin Day Polypropylene Chair for her winning work at the summative stage of the Robin Day Centenary Design Project.Madara Degtere.

Madara collected her prize from Paula Day, Robin Day's daughter and founder of the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation, at the University's Art & Design Show 2016.

Madara's winning piece was a lounge chair inspired by Robin Day's designs, with comfort and practicality key to the construction. Madara gained a first in her BA (Hons) Furniture degree, graduating in 2016.

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 in 2015.

Paula Day said: "It was a pleasure to see the very wide range of excellent work developed by students who participated in the Robin Day Centenary Furniture Design Project.

"Madara Degtere's reclining chair stood out; careful thought had gone into every aspect of the design, which was perhaps the most ambitious of all those undertaken, and the result was visually interesting and very comfortable.

"The high standard of work is a tribute to the staff and students of the Buckinghamshire New University Furniture department in its final year."

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.

Bucks New University BA (Hons) Furniture student Sebiha Macit won the first stage of the Robin Day Centenary Design Project in December 2015 for her concept work inspired by traditional Turkish stools.

Picture caption: BA (Hons) Furniture graduate Madara Degtere is presented with a Robin Day Polypropylene Chair by the renowned designer's daughter, Paula Day.