Hille was a British furniture manufacturer, founded in 1906, that specialised in heavy, traditional furniture. Deciding to modernise its output they hired Robin Day as designer in 1949 which was a masterstroke that led to a stream of simple, affordable but technically innovative tables, chairs, desks and storage units. Designs to look out for are his 1950 'Hillestak Stacking' chair, the 1952 'Reclining' chair and the 1953 'Qstak'.
The Hille/Robin Day partnership was prolific - a total of over 150 designs in 44 years - and marked by the development of low cost and high volume furnishings, some of which, for instance the 1963 'Polyprop Stacking' chair, have never been out of production. Though Day approached his job as practical problem solving, his pared-down solutions were also beautiful and inspired many other designers.