Lucienne Day …

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Whilst looking through examples of textile design for inspiration, I kept coming back to the same designer, Lucienne Day.  Her designs are still feel so relevant in the color palette and application but have a slight vintage feel which is also sought after in 2016.  The same can also be said for Day’s counterparts, Jacqueline Groag and Marian Mahler.  According to many design websites, these three women were the most influential designers of their time and their abstract prints and bold colors changed the look of domestic interiors (www.pdd.co.uk, 2012).

Lucienne’s Calyx design (1951) brought her real fame.  It was fist exhibited at the Festival of Britain in 1951; a festival, which was held throughout Britain to celebrate British design and promote recovery and feelings of euphoria following the war.  The design was hung in the Homes and Gardens Pavilion in the ‘contemporary’ dining room, which was designed by her husband Robin.  This design, although originally designed in the 1950’s still has its place in 2015.  It’s bold colors and abstract shapes are mirrored in many current designers work and is reminisant of some of my favorite designers such as Orla Kiely, Angie Lewin and also Marimekko with their often Scandinavian feel.  As with the designers of today, Day’s designs were adaptable and applied to all interior surfaces including wallpaper, carpets, ceramics and table linen.  In an on line article written for the Independent Newspaper in 2010, Lesley Jackson talks about the Calyx design and the part it played in securing her relationship with Heals and their continued relationship for a further 20 years resulting in over 70 designs (Jackson, 2010).  It was also the Festival of Britain, which saw the designs of Jacqueline Groag, and Marian Mahler exhibited. Again, their colour palettes, shapes and techniques, remain fresh today. These women changed the face of design within the home post war Britain.

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