Monday, 25 July 2011

Robin & Lucienne Day:Design & The Modern Interior

Calyx by Lucienne Day, 1951, (image courtesy of PM Gallery)

Causeway Brown by Lucienne Day, 1967 (image courtesy of PM Gallery)
Having missed the opportunity to see the Robin & Lucienne Day exhibition at the Pallant House Gallery, I was thrilled to find out that it was touring and I was therefore determined to visit the PM Gallery in West London which is hosting the exhibition until 4th September.

The exhibition features selections of innovative furniture designs by Robin Day and vibrant patterned textiles by Lucienne Day, including her well-known Calyx and Causeway Brown designs.

Integration by Lucienne Day, 1971 (BADDA4589)

MoDA holds a number of wallpapers and textiles by Lucienne Day in its collections, including this textile design titled Integration, from 1971. This abstract design is based around a series of interlocking rectangular blocks placed at rightangles with one another to create a herringbone-like pattern. The blocks are outlined in cream on a brown ground, with pink and mustard rectangular outlines appearing at regular intervals. The design was screen printed on cotton for Heal Fabrics, who produced printed furnishing fabrics for the London-based retailer Heal's. Heal's were one of Lucienne Day's key clients from the late 1940s through to the mid-1970s.

You can find out more about 1950s designs by referencing Fiftiestyle, one of a series of MoDA publications looking at 20th century design for the home.

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