Lucienne Day

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I went into industrial design because I wanted people to have good things at a reasonable price.

Lucienne Day

Textile designer Lucienne Day (1917 – 2010) graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1940, but her career breakthrough came with the launch of her pioneering contemporary textile 'Calyx', designed for the Festival of Britain in 1951, which embodied the energy and optimism of the postwar period.

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In the following two decades she produced more than 70 highly original textile designs for Heal Fabrics, as well as responding to commissions from numerous other companies in Britain and abroad. The V&A's Lucienne Day collection includes dress fabrics, furnishing fabrics, tea towels, wallpapers and carpets, as well as examples of the one-off 'silk mosaics' she designed during her second phase of creativity from the late 1970s onwards.

Collection Highlights

plate
Four Seasons: Winter, plate, designed by Lucienne Day, manufactured by Rosenthal, 1958 – 9, England
hanging
Flying in Blue, hanging, designed by Lucienne Day, 1985, UK
furnishing fabric
Foreshore, furnishing fabric, designed by Lucienne Day, made for Edinburgh Weavers, 1952, Carlisle, Scotland
furnishing fabric
Herb Antony, furnishing fabric, designed by Lucienne Day, manufactured by Heal & Son Ltd, 1956, England
wallpaper
Provence, wallpaper, designed by Lucienne Day, manufactured by John Line & Sons Ltd., 1951, England
furnishing fabric
Sunrise, furnishing fabric, designed by Lucienne Day, made for Heal Fabrics Ltd., 1969, UK
curtain
(Detail) Hazy Daisy, curtain, designed by Lucienne Day, made for Heals, 1971, UK
furnishing fabric
Calyx, furnishing fabric, designed by Lucienne Day, made for Heal's, 1951, UK
glass towel
Bouquet Garni, glass towel, designed by Lucienne Day, manufactured by Thomas Somerset & Co., 1960, Ireland

Features

Background image: Background image: Calyx, furnishing fabric, Lucienne Day, 1951, England. Museum no. T.161-1995. © Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation/Victoria and Albert Museum, London