In post-war Britain, a young Lucienne Day made her name in design conveying the buoyant national mood through jubilant, modernist textiles. These patterns have now come to define mid-century print design and remain extremely popular, and are being celebrated for her centenary.
Lucienne studied at Croydon School of Art and the RCA in the late 30s, where she met her husband, furniture designer Robin Day – who himself was already establishing his impact British cultural history. Though their work would often complement each others at exhibitions and on products in future, the couple’s careers maintained strong trajectories all on their own.
Lucienne was a resolute modernist, and looked to inject some excitement to the staid world of textiles, taking influence from modern artists such as Paul Klee, Joan Miró and Alexander Calder.
Over her 60-year career, Lucienne worked with countless big-name brands including Liberty, John Lewis, Cole & Son and Rosenthal, designing fabrics, wallpapers, carpets, homeware and ceramics. To each, she brought her unique flair for colour, line, form and composition, creating a recognisable style that still feels fresh today. Among her accolades, she was notably the first woman to be made master of Royal Designers for Industry in 1987, and awarded an OBE in 2004. She died in 2010 aged 93.
In celebration of Lucienne’s centenary, the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation has released 100 images of her work across the century. The foundation will also be holding exhibitions, events and awards throughout 2017.