Design heroes: Robin & Lucienne Day

I am a great admirer of design, mid century modern in particular. So I decided to start posting bits about my favorite designers, architects and artists.

The first installment will be about the British answer to Charles and Ray Eames – Lucienne and Robin Day. Unlike the Eames, Robin and Lucienne Day did not design together, she did textiles and he did furniture. They trained before the WWII but only got to design properly after the war was over when rationing was in place and the furniture making was very challenging.

They both rose to fame during the Festival of Britain in 1951 and became design icons instantly.

Lucienne, who passed away earlier this year, excelled in textile design with abstract ebullient patterns inspired by modern artists like Joan Miro. Her fabrics are very vibrant, playful and still very much in fashion.

One of Lucienne’s most famous patterns: Calyx

Perpetua

Herb Antony fabric designed for Heals

More Heals fabrics

Her style still feels very fresh and cheerful, I wouldn’t mind a couple of cushions or curtains made with her fabrics in my apartment.

Robin Day created furniture for the South Bank’s Royal Festival Hall and for manufacturer Hille. His designs are light and elegant, his use of material is very clever making for functional affordable furniture (well, not anymore) and easy storage.

Armchair designed for the Royal Festival Hall

Stacking chairs for Hille

Room setting by Robin Day with textiles by Lucienne

I think a visit to V&A’s Study Rooms is in order to have a closer look at Lucienne’s creations.

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9 Responses to “Design heroes: Robin & Lucienne Day”

  1. read me... 10 February, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    Ha! Have posted about the Robin Day for John Lewis chairs today… Have you seen them? Nice an affordable…

  2. read me... 10 February, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    Ha! Have posted about the Robin Day for John Lewis chairs today… Have you seen them? Nice an affordable…

  3. stuffedmice 10 February, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    Perpetua and Hille chairs – wouldn’t mind as a gift or something:) I’m a fan of your series already. Thank you for sharing!

  4. The Sneaky Magpie 10 February, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    read me: no way, that’s funny, haven’t seen them yet. exciting!

    stuffedmice: I am with you, I’ve been looking for them at car boot sales for ages.

  5. if jane 10 February, 2010 at 7:18 pm #

    amazing and so cool!! so happy that you posted this!!! :)

  6. The Sneaky Magpie 11 February, 2010 at 6:48 am #

    isn’t it? too many nice things out there!

  7. Top Bird @ Wee Birdy 13 February, 2010 at 11:49 am #

    Oh wonderful, I’m looking forward to more posts on your fave designers. Gorgeous stuff. xx

  8. The Sneaky Magpie 21 February, 2010 at 5:32 am #

    more coming soon. x

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