Remembering Textile Designer Lucienne Day

Remembering Textile Designer Lucienne Day

Jess Watson
Feb 8, 2010

Lucienne Day, British textile designer and wife to furniture designer Robin Day, passed away at the end of last month at the age of 93. Her designs undoubtedly reflect the period in which they were created, the Post-War era of the 1950s when regrowth and optimism abounded. Influenced by abstract artists, such as Klee, Kandinsky and Miró, her printed fabrics were an alternative to those that could not afford the paintings themselves.

Lucienne is survived by her husband, Robin Day, who she met during her last year at the Croydon School of Art in 1940. The first design that brought her large fame was Calyx (above), a pattern capturing Lucienne's interpretation of the geometry of nature, was initially shown at the Festival of Britain in 1951. The design went on to win multiple design awards around the world.

Day continued to design fabrics that were both critically acclaimed, but also widely popular and available due to their mass production. She eventually designed carpets, tapestries and wallpapers and was recognized as one of the foremost exponents of 20th Century British design. Lucienne went on to become only the fifth women elected to the elite Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry and became the first female Master (1987-89). Through all of her successes, she was able to do the unheard of for the time and balance her career, her marriage and motherhood.

For more information on Lucienne, read her obituary in The Guardian or this Design*Sponge post.

If you are interested in buying any of her textiles, they are available for purchase from twentytwentyone.

(Image credits: top image - twentytwentyone; body images - The Guardian UK)

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