Social Togetherness: Paula Day in Conversation

On April 25, 2020 · 0 Comments

Social Togetherness – twentytwentyone are honoured to work with wonderfully creative designers, makers and manufacturers and today we are talking to
Paula Day.

Where’s home for you?

I live in a beautiful quiet part of Cumbria. I share my father’s passion for the outdoors and my mother’s for gardening – I’m so privileged to have been able make my home where my heart is.

What are the highlights of your home-working day?

The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation’s office is at my home, so my work as Chair has continued very much as usual – except that I attend meetings by video conferencing instead of making monthly trips to London.

Before starting work first thing in the morning I walk round the garden to see what’s happening. At present the big wild cherry tree is festive with blossom, tulips are flaming, bees browse the pulmonaria flowers and birds are busy nesting – its heaven! After work I usually exercise by climbing the fell above my house, to look out across the valley and catch the last of the sunshine.

What creative pursuits are you doing now that you ordinarily wouldn’t manage if the world were at its normal pace?

I have a bit more time for what I have always loved doing – sowing vegetable seeds, pruning, planting, watering, weeding… I think of it as collaborating with nature!

What positive change might come from Covid-19 for you, or your wider community, or the world at large?

Covid-19 is giving us a foretaste of what it’s like when our fragile human edifice is rocked by forces we’ve unleashed and can’t control. Even if it were possible, we must not go back to what we thought of as ‘normal’ – a way of life which was dragging us inexorably towards climate catastrophe and human suffering on a much greater scale.  

My parents lived through the devastation of World War II and the great social and cultural reconstruction which they helped celebrate at the Festival of Britain in 1951. This new order included the founding of the NHS in Britain, and the global establishment of the United Nations and World Health Organisation, which we still rely on.

Like my parents’ generation of survivors, out of tragedy, we have the opportunity to join together to create a better society. One which supports all human beings equally and protects our shared home – the Earth. 

We’re already learning some of the skills we need. Instead of piling on carbon emissions by flying, we are video conferencing. Instead of driving private cars to distant destinations, we are exercising from our doorsteps. We’re appreciating the key work carried out by people who are paid least. And we’re discovering that we don’t have to keep up with consumer fashion.

My father had always understood the ethical imperatives of design:

Things should be made because they are better and with regard to the limited resources of the planet, so they should be re-usable and long-lasting. People often think that mere newness is innovation, but it isn’t.’ (Robin Day, 1999). 

Any interesting projects, exhibitions or launches for later this year that you can share?

There are some exciting projects on the way – we’ll announce them when we can in our quarterly Newsletter.

Many thanks to Paula for taking the time to speak to us.



Day for Flowers exhibition

On June 29, 2017 · 0 Comments

Day for Flowers exhibition at River StreetIn celebration of Lucienne Day‘s centenary year, the Day for Flowers exhibition opened at twentytwentyone’s River Street showroom on 20th June.

Day for Flowers exhibitionDay for Flowers exhibitionThe exhibition was conceived as a tribute to one of Britain’s most significant and influential textile designers. It also marked the launch of the Lucienne Day Flower Brick.

Lucienne Day centenary edition Flower BrickA limited, numbered edition of Lucienne Day’s 1960s flower brick design has been produced by twentytwentyone to mark Day’s centenary.

Day for Flowers saw a range of creative individuals from the design world present their own tribute to Lucienne Day by using her Flower Brick design to create a unique floral arrangement.

Day for Flowers exhibition The participating designers were Barber & Osgerby, Paula Day, Max Fraser, Suzy Hoodless, Margaret Howell, Philippe Malouin, Alex Mowatt, Nikki Tibbles and Faye Toogood working with Yasuyo Harvey.

The arrangements produced were remarkable for their diversity of form and the variety of flowers and foliage used. Crisply architectural formations stood side by side with abundant displays of colour, texture and shape.

Barber & Osgerby Paula Day Flower Brick arrangementsAbove left: Barber & Osgerby. Above right: Paula Day.

fraser-hoodlessAbove left: Max Fraser. Above right: Suzy Hoodless.

howell-malouinAbove left: Margaret Howell. Above right: Philippe Malouin.

mowat-tibblesAbove right: Alex Mowat. Above left: Nikki Tibbles.

toogood-harveyAbove: Faye Toogood and Yasuyo Harvey.

Paula Day’s arrangement had a particularly personal resonance. Her blooms included cuttings from her mother’s favourite ‘New Dawn’ rose, taken from a plant grown by Lucienne Day but now transplanted to her daughter’s garden.

Day for Flowers exhibition Day for Flowers exhibition openingThe wide variety of effects achieved illustrated the inherent flexibility of this elegantly functional design…

exhib-17Day for Flowers exhibition opening… and of course served as a most fitting tribute to a designer whose enduring works continue to inspire.

Day for Flowers exhibition openingDay for Flowers was on display at our River Street showroom from  21st to 24th June 2017.

If you’ve been inspired by the flower displays above you can purchase your own Flower Brick here.

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.

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.

Lucienne Day Flower Bricks

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.

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