Best Of British Design

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We are proud at Cimmermann to showcase some of the very best British brands and designers, here are some of our favourites –

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Best Chairs for Contract Use

We showcase the best

When choosing chairs for a project, a restaurant, bar, lobby area of a hotel etc you have to take a few things into consideration durability, design and flexibility. Whether plastic, wood or metal we choose a selection of the best available –

1. Vitra Vegetal Chair

A distinctive and unique design that took many years to finish and perfect. Vegetal by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec is suitable for indoor or outdoor use and can be stacked up to three chairs high. The chair is manufactured using a highly energy-efficient process and is made from 100% recyclable polyamide.

Vitra Vegetal
Vitra vegetal – organic appearance yet very durable
Vitra vegetal Chairs
Vitra vegetal – great colours
2. HAY About a Chair

Simple Scandinavian design that covers all bases – looks sleek and is very durable. A design that is fast becoming a Design Classic it looks that something familiar but at the same time different. Want a Scandinavian feel in your project then this is the chair for you.

HAY About a Chair
HAY About a Chair perfect mixed with other designs
HAY About a Chair
HAY About a Chair in grey
3. Kartell Masters Chair

A truly unique chair from Philippe Starck. The shell combines 3 classic designs – The Ant Chair, Eiffel Chair and the Tulip chair to make one stunning hybrid. It comes in a range or beautiful matt colours and now shiny gold and silver versions (want to make a statement then these are for you). Stackable, weatherproof and looks great – what more could you want.

Kartell Masters chairs
Kartell Masters chairs – nice colours
Kartell Masters
Kartell Masters in GOLD!!
4. Loft Robin Day Polo Chair

A true Design Classic, the polo chair is perfect fro commercial projects. Suitable for outdoor use and stackable. A very well priced chair that comes in a range of many different shell colours and bases.

Robin Day Polo Chair
Robin Day Polo Chair looking good in this restaurant
Polo Chair's
Polo Chair’s stacked

5. Vitra HAL Chair

The HAL chair by Jasper Morrison is as flexible chair for contract use as you could ever want. Wood base, Plastic shells, fabric covers etc etc you basically choose your own chair making them very flexible for all environments.

HAL chairs in Citizen M Hotel London
HAL chairs in Citizen M Hotel London, image courtesy of Vitra
Vitra HAL Chairs
Vitra HAL – too many to choose from!!!
6. Magis Air Chair

A very well priced chair by Jasper Morrison. Comes in a range of great colours and styles and can be stacked. This light weight chair is made from polypropylene and glass fibre and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

Magis Air Chair
Magis Air Chair – stacked
We work closely with architects, designers and specifiers offering comprehensive discounts and an excellent service so why not give our contracts department a try, give Matt a call on 01423 524777

The Team at Cimmermann

Outdoor Dining

Our Top 5 Outdoor chairs for Summer

Summer is on it’s way and who doesn’t like a bit of Al Fresco dining. Check out our 5 favourite outdoor dining chairs –

1. Robin Day Polo Chair

A true Design Classic and at £80 for the 4 legged version it’s a steal. Available in 9 different shell colours and with different base options – there will be something for everyone.

Outdoor Dining - Polo Chair by Robin Day
Outdoor Dining – Polo Chair by Robin Day
Polo Chair by Robin Day
Check out the Polo Holes!

2. Kartell Masters Chair

The Hybrid Chair, Philippe Starck at his most inventive and creative. We love the Masters Chair, available in 6 different colours its a Summer winner from Kartell.

Kartell Masters Chair by Philippe Starck
Outdoor Dining – Kartell Masters Chair is a real favourite at Cimmermann

3. Vitra Vegetal Chair

The Vegetal looks as if its been grown outdoors. A unique chair with a very organic form, designed by the Bouroullec Brothers.

Outdoor Dining - Vitra Vegetal Chair
Vitra Vegetal amongst the Lemon groves!
Vitra Vegetal Chair
Wish you were there – I’ll take the Vegetal at the head of the table

4. Vitra Panton Chair

Who doesn’t know the iconic “S” shaped chair? A real classic and great for outdoor summer dining!

Design Classic - Panton chair can be used outside
Design Classic – Panton chair can be used outside
Vitra Panton Chair
Nobody does Outdoor Dining like Vitra !

5. Kartell Gnomes

If its fun your after look no further than the Kartell Gnome Family. Made up of stools and a table it really is a quirky take on Al Fresco dining, your guests will love it!

Kartell Gnomes
Attila the Gnome by Kartell, don’t drop my drink!
Kartell Gnome
Kartell Gnome by Philippe Starck

Here’s hoping for a cracking Summer – check out the Outdoor Section on our website for more inspiration.

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Robin Day – Designer in Focus

ROBIN DAY (1915 – 2010) and his textile designer wife LUCIENNE (1917 – 2010) transformed British design after World War II by pioneering a new modern idiom. He experimented with new materials in inexpensive furniture for manufacturers like Hille and more recently Loft.

As Britain’s most celebrated designer couple of the post-war era, Robin and Lucienne Day were – and are still – often compared to their US contemporaries, Charles and Ray Eames. However, their working practice was quite different. Whereas the Eames designed as a team, the Days mostly worked independently in separate fields. Placed side by side, Robin’s furniture and Lucienne’s furnishings are remarkably harmonious in ethos and aesthetic, reflecting the creative synergy between them. But it is important not to blur their identity and achievements. Assessed individually, the Days are both towering figures in their own right.

Like many architects and designers during the optimistic post-war period, the Days believed in the transformative power of modern design to make the world a better place. They rose to prominence during the 1951 Festival of Britain, which provided an ideal showcase for their talents. Lucienne’s arresting abstract-patterned textiles and wallpapers were displayed alongside Robin’s steel and plywood furniture in the Homes and Gardens Pavilion. Robin also designed the furniture for the Royal Festival Hall.

His furniture designs include the iconic Polo Chair. A true Design Classic, the Polo Chair with its many distinctive holes and range of bright colours. It is available with 4 different bases – the Skid BaseSled, 5 Star Office and 4 legged base versions. Available in 9 different shell colours and 4 different leg finishes it is also suitable for outdoor use. These chairs are still made in the UK on the original machine Robin Day designed in the 1970’s. Prices start from £80 which is amazing for such an iconic piece of furniture design.

Robin Day - Polo Chairs
Polo Chair in actors dressing rooms in an undisclosed location…
Polo Chair in restaurant setting
Polo chair is great for restaurant’s or cafes
Robin Day - Polo Chairs outdoors
Polo Chairs – perfect for the Outdoors
Polo chairs at the Barbican
Polo chairs and stools at the iconic Barbican in London
Robin Day Polo Chair and Vintage Desk
Polo Chair in Light Blue with a vintage desk – very cool
Polo Chairs in orange
Polo Chairs in orange
Polo Chairs
Retro looking yellow Polo Chairs – look at that floor, beautiful!

Few pieces of furniture combine the style and comfort of the Club Chair and Club Sofa. In 1962, Robin Day designed the Club range as Britains’ original “cube sofa” and the club chair was created as a modern take on the classic chesterfield design. The club range is 100% handmade in the UK.

Robin Day - Club 2 Seater Sofa
Club 2 Seater Sofa covered in Paul Smith fabric
Club sofa and footstool  by Robin Day
Club Sofa and footstool in green wool

Robin Day’s Leo chair gained iconic status when James Bond (Sean Connery) sat in one in the film You Only Live Twice (1967). The Leo chair and ottoman is made in England and is available in a range of leathers and fabrics.

Sean Connery in a Robin Day Leo Chair
Sean Connery in a Robin Day Leo Chair
Leo Chair and Ottoman on a swivel Base
Leo Chair and Ottoman on a swivel Base

Robin Day was more than a designer and we are proud to work closely with Loft to sell his designs to discerning buyers of all ages.

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