Lucienne Day 1917-2010
Robin and Lucienne Day were Britain's version of Charles and Ray Eames, designing fabrics, furniture, interiors and just about anything else, much of which has become classic mid-century modern. The team was lucky enough to live and work well into old age, with Robin, born in 1915, outliving Lucienne.
Lucienne was most famous for her fabrics, which Jonathan Glancey of the Guardian says are "truly as striking, delightful and special today as they were 60 years ago."
Fabrics from 1951 and 1956
Glancey puts it nicely in the Guardian:
Lucienne's special genius was to fuse the British tradition of a love for nature - the 19th-century world of John Ruskin, William Morris, Charles Voysey and the Arts and Crafts movement, with the abstract concerns of international contemporary art.....The tapestries were never for the mass market, but most of Lucienne's designs held a wide appeal, and sold well - something that mattered very much to her and her husband. Both came from the "nothing is too good for ordinary people" tradition. The idea was that good, intelligent design should be part, parcel and fabric of everyday life.
A room setting at the 1951 Milan Triennale
Robin Day with textiles designed by Lucienne Day; image via Designmuseum