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Published: 11 May 2019

By Andy Ross

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The textile designs of Lucienne Day

Lucienne Day was at the forefront of textile design in the post-war period in Britain. Her iconic fabrics appealed to the changing taste in modern pattern and colour.

Calyx (1951) for Heals

It was not only with textiles that Lucienne succeeded; her work moved into ceramics, table linens, wallpaper... But it is the fabrics that gained her the most attention from designers, the design world and trade bodies, receiving an OBE, a Worshipful Company of Weavers Silver Medal, and numerous accolades, awards and university honours. 

Lucienne studied at the Royal College of Art in London where she met Robin, her husband-to-be, who was instrumental in supporting, developing and guiding her. Together the two were influential in the design field, and Lucienne became a full-time freelance designer in 1948, producing more abstracted work in the 1950's which captured the experimental zeitgeist and taste for modernism. 

Textile Design: Lucienne Day is a new book for the studio libraries which has comprehensive histories of not only the designer but also the cloths that she created. Chock-a-block with photographs of some of these most famous of all fabrics, the book is a joy to read and provides much inspiration and food for thought.