twentytwentyone’s May newsletter

On May 9, 2017 · 0 Comments

Childsply chair by Robin Day for twentytwentyone

twentytwentyone’s May newsletter is here, with our monthly pick of the latest furniture, lighting and accessories to arrive in-store and online.

Also included are details of our forthcoming Day for Flowers exhibition as part of the Lucienne Day centenary celebrations.

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Day for Flowers exhibition

On May 4, 2017 · 0 Comments

Day for Flowers exhibition

In Lucienne Day‘s centenary year, twentytwentyone is celebrating her contributions to design with Day for Flowers, a collaborative exhibition that also marks the relaunch of one of Lucienne Day’s designs: the Flower Brick.

Flowers and plants were a key source of inspiration in Lucienne Day’s life and work. She was a passionate gardener and abstracted plant and flower forms appear throughout her work.

Perpetua fabric designed by Lucienne Day

The flower brick has its origins in the decorative Delftware produced during the 18th century to hold ornate floral displays. In 1966 Lucienne Day reinterpreted this historic genre in a collection of distinctive contemporary designs that were produced in England by Bristol Potteries.

twentytwentyone has collaborated with 1882 Ltd and the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation to bring the Lucienne Day Flower Brick back into production, with a celebratory limited edition of 100.

Flower Bricks designed by Lucienne Day

To mark the reissue of Day’s design we have invited ten creative individuals from the worlds of fashion, design, interiors, architecture and journalism to design a floral display using a Flower Brick.

Designers and creatives taking part in Day for Flowers exhibition

We are delighted to have the participation of Michael AnastassiadesBarber & OsgerbyPaula DayMax FraserSuzy HoodlessMargaret HowellPhilippe MalouinAlex MowatNikki Tibbles and Faye Toogood.

The ten arrangements they design will be displayed at our River Street showroom, providing a dramatic and inspiring summer show of floral creations – and a fitting tribute to Lucienne Day.

Day for Flowers is hosted in association with 1882 Ltd and The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation.

It will run from Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th June.

twentytwentyone January newsletter

On January 13, 2017 · 0 Comments

Lucienne Day 100 Designs poster

twentytwentyone’s January newsletter is here, with news of all the latest designs to arrive in-store and online.

Included are details of Lucienne Day’s centenary celebrations, taking place throughout 2017, plus details of new additions to our January clearance sale of furniture, lighting and accessories.

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Lucienne Day centenary

On January 6, 2017 · 0 Comments

Lucienne Day

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.

Lucienne_Day_100_GIFThe 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.

Lucienne Day 100 Designs poster

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.

Calyx fabric designed by Lucienne Day

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).

Lucienne Day OBE, 1917-2010In 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.

Lucienne Day Classic Textiles exhibition at twentytwentyone, 2003

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.

Lucienne Day tea towels

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.

Lucienne Day Black Leaf tea towel

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.

twentytwentyone is 20: April

On April 15, 2016 · 0 Comments

Robin and Lucienne Day

twentytwentyone celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016. We are marking this occasion with a series of editorials celebrating the people, designs and occasions that have been such important ingredients in our twenty year history.

In April, we are honouring those designers who have sadly passed away over the last two decades but whose pioneering and timeless work remains an enduring source of inspiration.

View the editorial in full here.

The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation

On May 2, 2014 · 0 Comments

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Day_news_11The definitive online resource for accurate information about the design careers of Robin and Lucienne Day has just launched.

The comprehensive archive charts work from the 1930′s to the 2000′s with a visual timeline. Shown above is a selection of furniture and textile projects completed by the couple over the years.

The website also shows the Reclining chair, of which we are the only licensed producers. See the archive here, or shop Robin and Lucienne Day here.

November newsletter

On November 1, 2013 · 0 Comments

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Learn about our new and renewed collaborations, and get some inspiration for Christmas in our November newsletter available here.

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Robin Day Reclining chair

On September 1, 2011 · 0 Comments

twentytwentyone will reproduce a Robin Day classic. The Reclining chair was originally designed in 1952 and considered by Day to be one of his most successful and iconic designs. The high comfort levels and clearly articulated structure fulfilled Robin Day’s design sensibilities.

“A good design should fulfil its purpose well, be soundly constructed and should express in its design this purpose and construction.” Robin Day read more…

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