Celebrating Lucienne Day’s Centenary

Thursday 7 September | 6–8pm

2017 marks the centenary year of one of Britain’s most influential 20th century designers. Best-known for her textiles, Lucienne Day (1917–2010) was a virtuoso pattern designer and colourist, who worked in a variety of media over a career which spanned nearly six decades.

We are delighted to welcome to the Museum Paula Day, daughter of Lucienne and Robin Day, to celebrate her mother’s centenary with a talk about her life and work. Lucienne Day trained in textiles at the Royal College of Art, London, where in 1940 she met her future husband, furniture designer Robin Day. As soon as the War was over she began a freelance practice designing dress and furnishing fabrics, but her career breakthrough came at the Festival of Britain in 1951, with the launch of her pioneering ‘Contemporary’ design Calyx, which won international awards and became a best-seller. For the following two decades she was Heal Fabrics’ star designer, creating over seventy striking and original furnishing fabrics for the company, as well as others for Edinburgh Weavers, British Celanese, Liberty’s and Cavendish Textiles. She responded to the challenge of designing patterns for a variety of other applications – glass towels for Irish linen company Thomas Somerset, wallpapers for Rasch and WPM, carpets for Tomkinson’s and Wilton Royal and china tableware for Rosenthal. From 1962 to 1987 she and her husband worked as joint Design Consultants to the John Lewis Partnership, overseeing a transformation of the company’s house style. In the late 1970s Lucienne Day gave up industrial design and devised a new fine art textile medium, the silk mosaic. These one-off handstitched wall hangings were widely exhibited and commissioned by architects. Among many other distinctions, in 1987 Lucienne Day was appointed the first-ever woman Master of Royal Designers for Industry, and in 2004 she was awarded an OBE.

This event is part of the nationwide programme of Lucienne Day centenary celebrations co-ordinated by the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation, the design education charity established by Paula Day in 2012. Over the year museums and art galleries, universities and colleges, textile and design organisations, manufacturers and retailers across the country are celebrating their Lucienne Day archives or collaborations in an ever-expanding programme of exhibitions, displays, events and product launches. www.robinandluciennedayfoundation.org/LD100 #LucienneDay100

Price £15 / £12 students includes a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.

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Image left: Lucienne Day in New York receiving AID Award for Calyx (1951) in 1952 © Robin & Lucienne Day Foundation/Greeff Fabrics inc. Image right: Lucienne Day 100 Designs poster © Robin & Lucienne Day Foundation

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