Celebrate the centenary of Lucienne Day in 2017

The 5 January 2017 is the centenary of the birth of British designer Lucienne Day. To celebrate her life and work as of one of the 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 the year.

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.


Lucienne Day with Rosenthal china in living room at Cheyne Walk

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, as well as by specialist design retailers and publishers in collaboration with the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation.

Best known for her textiles, Lucienne Day was a virtuoso pattern designer and colourist in a wide range of media including wallpapers, carpets, ceramics and hand-stitched fine art ‘silk mosaics’. In the course of her six-decade career she created an extraordinarily varied but distinctive body of work. Lucienne Day is remembered not only as a great designer, but also as a pioneering professional woman whose achievements were on a par with those of her husband, furniture designer Robin Day. The couple shared a belief that good design should be affordable and accessible.