Lucienne Day

(1917-2010)
A versatile and influential designer, Lucienne Day was commissioned by a wide range of companies and extended her modernist vision to carpets, wallpapers, tea towels and ceramics as well as textiles.


Along with her husband, the furniture designer Robin Day, Lucienne Day pioneered the post-war revival of design and manufacture and extended the boundaries of modern design, gaining international recognition. Her best known textile design 'Calyx' was launched at the Festival of Britain in 1951 and received the International Design Award of the American Institute of Decorators.


'Plan of Peking' is one of Lucienne Day's 'Silk Mosaics'. Using a construction technique derived from traditional patchwork, these works are composed of 1 cm squares and strips of coloured silk. The design emerges through carefully juxtaposed blocks of colours and weave textures. These creations occupied the decades of the 1980s and 1990s for Day, as she prepared them both for exhibitions and commissions.


Lucienne Day studied her BA in Printed Textile Design at Royal College of Art (1940). Her work can be found in public collections worldwide, including Art Institute of Chicago, USA; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, USA; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham.