2019 07 16: Image of the week

Whilst scrolling through the Robin & Lucienne Day Foundation website I came across this wonderful photograph of Lucienne with her wildly successful fabric Calyx.

Calyx, Luciennne’s breakthrough furnishing textile for Heal’s, was specially created to complement the forward-looking style of Robin’s (her furniture-designer husband) high-cost living room / dining room.  Taking its inspiration from modern art, this bold abstracted floral marked the birth of a radical new aesthetic in pattern design.  Calyx went on to become a best-seller, winning a host of awards, confounding the initially cautious expectations of Tom Worthington at Heal’s.

Lucienne Day: Calyx, screen-printed furnishing fabric, 1951


About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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4 Responses to 2019 07 16: Image of the week

  1. Gillian Fox says:

    Gosh this fabric took me back – obviously not to its original release (I was born in 1959) but I remember it well! It is just as fresh now I think personally and although we might now call it retro just as sought after now I imagine.

    • Claire B says:

      Hey Gillian, great to hear from you.
      I love the work of Lucienne Day and have Marnie Fogg’s book ‘1950s Fashion Print’ which showcases many of the artists of the time and some fabulous designs. How good would it be to have a wing chair in one of Lucienne’s fabrics?
      When you move to the 1960s the designs change dramatically, so I fear I’m stuck in the earlier decade!

  2. Mary Brown says:

    Hi Claire – had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Lucienne Day at the Barbican almost 20 years ago. I am passionate about mid 20th century textile design. I was in my teens when I first became aware of their textile designs.

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