Born on 5th January 1917, Lucienne Day was Britain’s most distinguished textile designer of the 20th century, esteemed for her acute understanding of pattern, colour and scale and her significant role in popularising modern design in Great Britain from the 1940s onwards.
The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation has organised a programme of events and exhibitions to mark the centenary of such a prolific, progressive and influential designer, launched on what would have been Lucienne’s 100th birthday.
The centenary is also commemorated with the poster Lucienne Day 100 Designs. Designed by Studio Fernando Gutierrez, the poster forms a companion piece to Robin Day 100 Designs, similarly issued to mark the centenary of Lucienne Day’s husband and fellow designer.
The new poster features previously unpublished images of Lucienne Day’s work as well as portraits from the Foundation’s Lucienne Day photograph archive, providing a fitting tribute to one of Britain’s foremost designers.
It is a testament to the enduring nature of Lucienne Day’s designs that many remain in production, more than half a century after their inception.
In 2003 a selection of Day’s printed textiles from the 1950s were reissued by Classic Textiles, including perhaps her most well-known design, Calyx.
Originally designed for Heals in 1951, Calyx was exhibited at the Festival of Great Britain Homes and Gardens Pavilion, hanging in a modern dining room setting designed by Robin Day.
It went on to win the Milan Triennale gold medal and the American Institute of Decorator’s international design award (the latter a first for any British designer).
In the present day, digital printing techniques ensure that Calyx and its companion fabrics remain faithful both to the integrity of the original designs and to Day’s longstanding conviction that good design should be available to all.
As the designer observed, ”I went into industrial design because I wanted people to have good things at a reasonable price.”
twentytwentyone hosted the exhibition Lucienne Day Classic Textiles in 2003 to celebrate the launch of the reissued textiles collection.
On a smaller scale – but no less appealing, are Lucienne Day’s tea towels. These witty and timeless designs printed on linen were first created in the late 1950s for Thomas Somerset.
Now reissued and perennially popular, they are just as likely to end up framed and hung on a wall as put to work in the kitchen.
twentytwentyone is honoured to participate in the celebration of a designer whose work was profoundly influential in its own time while continuing to delight and inspire in the present day.
Full details of the events planned over the year can be found here.
All archive images are courtesy of the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation.
A Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining Chair loaned by twentytwentyone is currently on display at Margaret Howell’s Wigmore Street shop.
Upholstered in a classic tweed woven by Mourne Textiles and designed by Gerd Hay-Edie in the 1950s, the chair forms part of the exhibition ‘Gerd Hay-Edie: Evolutionary Weaver’ which opened with a private view on 12th October.
Norwegian-born Gerd Hay-Edie (1909-1997) was an influential textile designer whose fabrics were championed by design luminaries such as Robin Day, Hille, Conran and Liberty.
After settling in Ireland in the 1950s, Hay-Edie founded a hand-weaving workshop after failing to find a suitable means of production for the textiles she was designing at the time.
Today, Mourne Textiles – now run by Hay-Edie’s grandson – works to ensure her classic mid-century designs remain in production while staying entirely faithful to the unique spirit of Hay-Edie’s originals.
Hay-Edie produced several textile designs for specifically for Robin Day, and her Blazer Mourne tweed was used to cover a High, Wide and Handsome chair in the Days’ own home.
It was particularly apposite, therefore, that this was the fabric chosen by Margaret Howell when she was invited to upholster a Robin Day Reclining Chair as part of twentytwentyone’s celebration of Robin Day’s Centenary.
Celebrating the vision and expertise of two significant forces in mid-century British design, the Margaret Howell Centenary Edition Reclining Chair takes its place in the exhibition alongside other other examples of Hay-Edie’s work and a loom from Mourne Textile’s studio.
(Photo courtesy of: Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation)
The exhibition is on display at Margaret Howell, 34 Wigmore Street, until Sunday 30th October.
View the Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining Chair here.
‘Marker, plus twenty’, an exhibition curated by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, opened last night at twentytwentyone’s River Street showroom.
On show for the duration of the London Design Festival, ‘Marker, plus twenty’ celebrates the launch of Marker, the new addition to Barber & Osgerby’s family of Hotaru paper lanterns.
The exhibition also references twentytwentyone’s 20th anniversary and celebrates the long-standing collaboration between the two companies.
This highly personal display consists of twenty objects selected from Edward and Jay’s personal collection of curiosities from around the world, accumulated over many years. “There are,” the designers note, “quite a few gaps on our shelves at the moment.”
The objects on display include both furniture and product design and more humble every day objects, ranging from a Thonet chair to a Japanese glass fishing net float.
Accumulated over many years, these items have been selected for their form, material or craftsmanship. Although strikingly diverse in scale, function, value and age, each object has been an inspiration in some way or other.
Together they offer an intriguing insight into the influences and interests of one of Britain’s foremost design duos.
‘Marker, plus twenty’ will be on display at our River Street showroom, 9.30am to 5.30pm, until Sunday 25th September.
The latest instalment in our twentieth anniversary editorials celebrates the rich collaborative chemistry that we have been fortunate to share with many designers, manufacturers and individuals by presenting 20 exhibitions we have hosted over the past two decades.
Exhibitions have been an important aspect of twentytwentyone from the outset, and the programme of events conceived, curated and hosted includes progressive design launches, historical reviews and one-off charitable endeavours.
The designers we have celebrated in the process range from Charles and Ray Eames and Robin and Lucienne Day to Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa, while the works on display have included both rare vintage pieces and newly minted designs fresh from the Milan Salone.
You can view September’s edit in full here, and gain an overview of twentytwentyone’s exhibitions here.
Find out more about our twentieth anniversary and view all twentytwentyone is 20 editorials to date here.
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s new design, Marker, will be launched at the 2016 London Design Festival in the context of an exhibition curated by the designers.
The highly personal exhibition offers an intriguing insight into Barber & Osgerby‘s influences and inspirations through a collection of 20 objects ranging in scale, origin, age and function. At the same time it references twentytwentyone’s 20th anniversary and celebrates the long-standing collaboration between the two companies.
Marker is the third design in the Hotaru family of paper lanterns, handmade in Japan by Ozeki, renowned manufacturers of traditional washi paper lanterns.
Marker continues the designers’ exploration of pure sculptural forms and complements the sizes available in Buoy and Double Bubble, the two Hotaru designs launched at LDF 2015.
Marker, plus twenty will be on display at our River Street showroom until Sunday 25th September.
twentytwentyone’s September newsletter is here, with news of the designs which are to be launched as part of this year’s London Design Festival.
Also included are details of our latest online edit marking our 20th anniversary. This month we have compiled a list of 20 exhibitions hosted over the past two decades, from design launches and historical reviews to charity events.
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The latest instalment in our twentytwentyone is 20 series of editorials presents our selection of 20 enduring furniture classics.
Licensed historical designs have been a constant at twentytwentyone since its foundation in 1996, and our most recent edit reveals the designs that we believe have the core ingredients to ensure longevity.
Currently on display at twentytwentyone’s Upper Street shop, the selection includes classic tables, seating and storage that range from pioneering examples of 1930s modernism to definitive designs of the 1970s. The pieces on display include signature works by design luminaries such as Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Gio Ponti and Hans J Wegner.
View all twentytwentyone is 20 editorials to date here.
twentytwentyone’s newsletter is here, with news of the latest designs now in-store and online.
Also included are details of the latest installment of our twentytwentyone is 20 celebratory reviews: during May we host an in-store exhibition of our selection of 20 enduring classics.
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London Craft Week sees a special collaboration between Carl Hansen & Son and Mourne Textiles that celebrates the craftsmanship and heritage of these two unique family-run businesses.
Mourne Textiles have transported a traditional hand-weaving loom from their workshop in Ireland and have installed it in Carl Hansen’s London showroom in order to demonstrate weaving techniques to the public. In addition, a range of Mourne’s heritage fabrics will be used to upholster chairs designed by Hans J Wegner and Ole Wanscher currently produced by Carl Hansen.
The event runs from 3rd May to 5th May at 16A Bowling Green Lane, London EC1R 0BD. More details can be found here.
Following the event, some of the chairs upholstered in Mourne textiles will be on display at twentytwentyone’s River Street showroom.
Currently on display at twentytwentyone’s Upper Street shop, a display of 20 favourite homeware designs launched – and re-launched – over the past two decades.
This edit of classic and contemporary designs for the home ranges from bowls made of finely milled concrete and hand-carved wooden hooks to the textile designs of Lucienne Day and Robin Day’s Tricorne tray.
The display forms part of twentytwentyone is 20, our ongoing celebration of the people, designs and occasions that have been important ingredients in our twenty year history.
View the edit in full online here.