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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.

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Photo of Four Seasons: Winter, plate, Lucienne Day, 1958 – 9, England. Museum no.  C.136-2012. © Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation/Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Four Seasons: Winter, plate, Lucienne Day, 1958 – 9, England. Museum no. C.136-2012. © Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Flying in Blue, silk mosaic, Lucienne Day, 1985, England. Museum no. T.229-1985. © Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation/Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Flying in Blue, silk mosaic, Lucienne Day, 1985, England. Museum no. T.229-1985. © Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Foreshore, furnishing fabric, Lucienne Day, 1952, England. Museum no. CIRC.143-1953. © Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation/Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Foreshore, furnishing fabric, Lucienne Day, 1952, England. Museum no. CIRC.143-1953. © Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Herb Antony, furnishing fabric, Lucienne Day, 1956, England. Museum no. CIRC.482-1956. © Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation/Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Herb Antony, furnishing fabric, Lucienne Day, 1956, England. Museum no. CIRC.482-1956. © Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Provence, wallpaper, Lucienne Day, 1951, England. Museum no. E.569-1966. © Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation/Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Provence, wallpaper, Lucienne Day, 1951, England. Museum no. E.569-1966. © Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Sunrise, furnishing fabric, Lucienne Day, 1969, England. Museum no. CIRC.39-1969. © Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation/Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Sunrise, furnishing fabric, Lucienne Day, 1969, England. Museum no. CIRC.39-1969. © Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Hazy Daisy, furnishing fabric, Lucienne Day, 1971, England. Museum no. T.440-2001. © Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation/Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Hazy Daisy, furnishing fabric, Lucienne Day, 1971, England. Museum no. T.440-2001. © Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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

Photo of Bouquet Garni, tea towel, Lucienne Day, 1959, Ireland. Museum no. CIRC.457A-1963. © Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation/Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Bouquet Garni, tea towel, Lucienne Day, 1959, Ireland. Museum no. CIRC.457A-1963. © Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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