To mark the centenary of the birth of Lucienne Day, the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation has created a Lucienne Day 100 Designs poster to be launched in January 2017. The poster features images of 100 designs by Lucienne Day drawn from the Foundation’s archive, many of them previously unpublished.
The 5th of January 2017 is the centenary of the birth of British designer Lucienne Day. In celebration of the life and work of one of most influential designers of the post-war generation, the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation is organising a nationwide programme of exhibitions, events, awards and collaborations to run throughout 2017. The Lucienne Day 100 Designs poster will be launched on the 5th January, the centenary of the designer’s birth itself, as part of the inaugural celebrations.
Highlighting a sequence of Lucienne Day’s iconic designs, the poster tells the story of her life in design through seven decades with imagery from the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation’s archives. Set up in 2012 by the couple’s daughter Paula Day to promote public knowledge of and access to her parents’ design legacies, The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation also provides important resources for the study of design.
In the course of the year-long centenary programme, leading cultural organisations, galleries and creative institutions including The Whitworth Art Gallery, the RCA, Arts University Bournemouth, Glasgow School of Art, Pallant House Gallery, the Textile Society and The Museum of Carpet will launch exhibitions, events and awards to highlight many different aspects of Lucienne Day’s work.
The varied programme will introduce the public to fascinating and little-known material, including archive textiles, ceramics, photographs and portraits of Lucienne Day that have never before been exhibited or published.
During the year new product ranges will be launched by John Lewis and specialist design retailers and publishers in collaboration with the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation.
Lucienne Day 100 Designs poster has been designed by Studio Fernando Gutierrez and is available from the 5 January 2017 at twentytwentyone for £12, www.twentytwentyone.com.
Other stockists include Pallant House Bookshop, Arts University Bournemouth, Persephone Books and the Design Museum.
Notes to Editors
About Lucienne Day
After discovering a love of printed textiles while studying at the Croydon School of Art, Lucienne went on to attend the Royal College of Art where she met furniture designer Robin Day in 1940. They married in 1942 and achieved celebrity in the 1950s as the designer couple who brightened postwar Britain. Lucienne Day died on 30 January 2010 aged 93. The couple’s only child Paula Day established The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation in 2012.
Lucienne Day Career Highlights
– 1951 – Designed Calyx textile for the Festival of Britain
– 1952 – Won the International Design Award of the American Institute of Decorators
– 1954 – Won the Gran Premio prize at the Milan Triennale
– 1957 – Won a Design Centre Award for Tesserae carpet, produced by Tomkinson’s
– 1960 – Won a Design Centre Award for Iinen tea towels, produced by Thomas Somerset
– 1960s – Designed the interiors for BOAC’s fleet of Super VC10 aircraft with Robin Day
– 1962 – Elected a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI)
– 1962 – Appointed as joint design consultant with Robin Day by John Lewis
– 1981 – Solo silk mosaics exhibition at Lyttelton Gallery, National Theatre, London
– 1983 – Solo silk mosaics exhibition at Rohsska Museum, Gothenberg, Sweden
– 1987 – Elected first woman Master of Royal Designers for Industry
– 1991 – Created largest silk mosaic Aspects of the Sun for John Lewis, Kingston
– 1992 – Appointed as the first Honorary President of the Textile Society
– 2004 – Awarded the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E)
– 2005- Awarded the Worshipful Company of Weavers’ Silver Medal for outstanding contribution to textile design
– 2009 – Received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Brighton along with Robin Day
About the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation
Robin and Lucienne’s daughter Paula Day set up the Foundation in 2012 to further public knowledge of and access to her parents’ design legacies, and to provide resources for the study of design. The Foundation is run by a Board of Trustees chaired by Paula Day. Professor Sir Christopher Frayling and Fiona MacCarthy OBE are Patrons.
As a design education Charity dedicated to furthering public knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the Days’ design legacies, the Foundation has made donations from Robin and Lucienne’s personal design archive to leading public collections including the V&A Museum, London, the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester and the Geffrye Museum, London. The Foundation also works closely with design writers and curators to provide information about the Days’ design careers, and has now digitized both Robin and Lucienne Day’s historic design photograph archives to create an important educational resource. In 2015 the Foundation celebrated Robin Day’s centenary with Day in London, a series of exhibitions and events held during the London Design Festival. This included Robin Day Works in Wood, an exhibition exploring Robin Day’s lifelong love of wood as a material, which took place at the V&A Museum.
The Foundation encourages public access to Robin and Lucienne Day’s design legacies by working closely with selected companies that have a commitment to making high-quality authentic new productions of the Days’ original designs. All royalties are paid directly to the Foundation to support its educational work.
Foundation Chair Paula Day says, ‘I set up the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation to carry my parents’ great design legacies forward into the future and provide resources to help educate tomorrow’s great designers.’
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