Leather armchair, model "Leo", designed by Robin Day for Hille, 1965.
A stylish piece with leather upholstery on a chrome five-star swivel base, the Leo chair was manufactured for a short period in the 1960s by the British manufacturer Hille - a variation appearing in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice - and has not been in authorised production since.
This piece has new black Pirelli webbing to support the seat, but otherwise is in completely original condition. We have found the structure to be sound and the chrome base in very nice condition with all shaped rubber feet in place. The leather shows lots of age related wear but there are no holes and the leather has not been re-colored (though this option remains open if preferred). Overall the piece has developed a good patina and character, and the original Hille badge is present on the frame.
Robin Day (1915-2010) is widely regarded as one of the most influential British furniture designers of the 20th century.
The chair is published in "Robin + Lucienne Day Pioneers of Modern Design" by Lesley Jackson for Princeton Architectural Press, pages 112-113.