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Alternative Flooring launches carpets

Published: December 13th

The Alternative Flooring Company Ltd, sister company to Wilton Carpets, has just launched the first 'Authentic Lucienne' carpet runners. 'Octagon' and 'Squares and Diamonds', two of Lucienne Day's 1964 designs for Wilton Royal, are available to order in one vibrant colourway each. The full 'Authentic Lucienne' range will launch in 2018.

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Furniture Makers re-hang silk mosaic

Published: December 12th

Lucienne Day's silk mosaic 'Memory Game', held in the collection of the Honourable Company of Furniture Makers, has just been re-hung at Furniture Makers' Hall, 12 Austin Friars, in the heart of the City of London, where it may be viewed by appointment. A composite design made up of several smaller panels joined together, this is one of the very few pieces which is not rectangular in outline.

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V&A Museum Director's Circle event

Published: December 7th

A Lucienne Day event for the Victoria and Albert Museum Director's Circle was held at the V&A textile archives at Clothworkers' Centre, Blythe House, London on December 5th. Paula Day spoke about her mother's life and work. Archivist Christopher Marsden and textile curator Victoria Bradley then introduced a display of Lucienne Day's original artwork, textiles, carpets and silk mosaics held in the V&A archives.

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Collaboration with Alternative Flooring

Published: December 4th

We are delighted to announce a new collaboration with Alternative Flooring, sister company to Wilton Carpets. On !st December Paula Day joined a press tour to witness the first-ever reissue of Lucienne Day's 1964 'Squares and Diamonds' design for Wilton Royal rolling off a 1960s loom in the factory in which it had originally been made. 

2018 Lucienne Day exhibition tour announced!

Published: November 13th

The Arts University Bournemouth exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design is to continue touring to venues across the country throughout 2018. Dates have so far been announced for The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock (January 13th - March 4th) and New Brewery Arts, Cirencester (March 17th - May 20th).

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Exhibition at Manchester Art School till Nov 20th

Published: October 23rd

The spectacular Arts University Bournemouth exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design remains open to the public free of charge in the Benzie Building, Manchester School of Art till November 20th. 

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Textiles, Print, Design at Whitworth

Published: October 19th

This Saturday the Whitworth Art Gallery in collaboration with Design Manchester is holding a day of textile design events. 'Behind the Scenes' at 1pm includes an  opportunity to see original Lucienne Day textiles held in the Whitworth's extensive collection. Admission free, registration essential.

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Lively audience at Living Design discussion

Published: October 19th

Last night's panel discussion of the Arts University Bournemouth exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design at Manchester School of Art was attended by a lively audience of design professionals and students. The event took place in the Benzie Building lecture theatre adjoining a magnificent display of four-metre lengths of Classic Textiles' digital reprints of Lucienne Day textile designs.

Tickets available for Design Manchester event

Published: October 15th

Lucienne Day: Living Design is looking spectacular at Design Manchester, with 4 metre textile lengths hung in the tall spaces of the Vertical Gallery at the Benzie Building, Manchester School of Art. Tickets are still available for this Wednesday's panel discussion featuring Jennifer Harris, Paula Day, and the exhibition curator Emma Hunt.

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Design Manchester exhibition

Published: October 1st

The AUB touring exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design will open at Design Manchester on October 11th. A sequence of archive images and an impressive display of current productions of textiles will be on show at the Vertical Gallery, spanning three floors of the Benzie Building, home of Manchester School of Art.

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Final week of Carpet Museum exhibition

Published: September 25th

This is the final week of the Museum of Carpet's Lucienne Day exhibition. The AUB touring show Lucienne Day: Living Design is on display alongside the Museum's own unique collection of Lucienne Day's artwork for Tomkinson's Carpets. The exhibition closes on Saturday September 30th.

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Pioneers of Postwar Pattern at Glasgow

Published: September 18th

The exhibition Pioneers of Postwar Pattern opened on Friday night at the Reid Building, Glasgow School of Art. A Lucienne Day Tangram silk mosaic which we donated to the School is on display, along with Classic Textiles' digital reprints of her Graphica and Flotilla furnishing fabrics. 

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Paula Day talk at Fashion and Textile Museum

Published: September 11th 

Paula Day presented an illustrated talk to an enthusiastic and knowledgeable capacity audience at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London last Thursday. She focused on her mother's little-known designs for dress fabrics and her personal fashion style, before going on to describe highlights of the Lucienne Day centenary year so far. 


New cushion range launches at John Lewis

Published: August 25th

John Lewis has launched a second Lucienne Day cushion range. The cushions are made up of Lucienne Day at Classic Textiles linen/cotton mix fabrics, with black cotton backing. New colour ways of Calyx, Flotilla and Magnetic have been introduced, together with Lucienne Day's minimalist geometric design Graphica. They join cushions from the first range, including Dandelion Clocks, to provide a choice of eight different designs.

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#LucienneDay #silkmosaic campaign launches

Published: August 24th

Last week we launched a campaign in collaboration with V&A Museum to trace and celebrate Lucienne Day silk mosaics in private collections all over the world. We are inviting owners of silk mosaics to contact us direct or post an image on social media #LucienneDay #silkmosaic. Several new images have already been posted - you can find our selection in the #silkmosaic section on this webpage.

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V&A Museum launches 'online collection'

Published: August 9th

The V&A Museum has worked with us to create a Lucienne Day 'online collection', launched yesterday. New photographs of works from the world's largest archive of Lucienne Day's designs have been published along with articles on her career as an industrial designer and her later silk mosaics.

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The Home pays homage to Lucienne Day

Published: July 31st

Saltaire-based design retailer The Home has mounted a Showcase Homage to Lucienne Day. The owners' exceptional private collection of 1950s/1960s Lucienne Day china tableware for German company Rosenthal is on display along with original Lucienne Day textiles.

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'Fantastic response' at Carpet Museum

Published: July 26th

Professor Emma Hunt, curator of the Arts University Bournemouth exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design, spoke to a enthusiastic capacity audience at the Museum of Carpet, Kidderminster, where the exhibition is now on show alongside a unique collection of Lucienne Day's painted designs for Tomkinson's Carpets.

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Silk Mosaic goes on display at RSA

Published: July 14th

A Lucienne Day silk mosaic which for thirty years had hung in the hallway of the designer's own home has now been put on public display for the first time. The Castle and Other Stories (1979) was donated by her Executors to Royal Designers for Industry, based at the Royal Society of Arts, John Adam Street, London, where it may be viewed from 8.30am to 8pm, Monday to Friday. In 1987 Lucienne Day was appointed the first-ever woman Master of Royal Designers for Industry.

Textiles graduate receives AUB Lucienne Day prize

Published: July 14th

Arts University Bournemouth Textiles graduate Aimee Hartley was presented at Graduation with the University's special Lucienne Day centenary prize by Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, Chancellor of the University and Patron of the Foundation. The AUB exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design, which opened at the University on January 12th, is now on tour to other venues across the country.

Final week of Whitworth exhibition

Published: July 9th

The exhibition Lucienne Day: A Sense of Growth at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester will close this coming Sunday July 16th. The exhibition highlights Lucienne Day's love of plants and gardening, and showcases plant-inspired designs from the Whitworth's extensive collection of original Lucienne Day textiles. Curated by Dr Jennifer Harris, who has received our Centenary Award for Lifetime Contribution to Lucienne Day Studies, the exhibition was created in collaboration with the Whitworth's GROW project which promotes the benefits of horticulture for mental wellbeing. Lucienne Day: A Sense of Growth has been widely publicised in national press and on BBC Radio 4.

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Professor Hunt talk at Carpet Museum

Published: July 9th

Professor Emma Hunt, curator of Arts University Bournemouth touring exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design, will give a talk at The Museum of Carpet, Kidderminster at 2pm on July 20th, where the exhibition is showing. Tickets are now on sale at the Museum.

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Carpet Museum exhibition now open

Published: July 6th

The Museum of Carpet is now displaying for the first time its entire archive collection of Lucienne Day's handpainted carpet designs for Kidderminster-based manufacturer Tomkinson's Carpets. The collection will be on show alongside the touring exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design until the end of September.

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Carpet Museum exhibition opens next Saturday

Published June 26th

A new exhibition opens at the Museum of Carpet, Kidderminster next Saturday July 1st. The touring exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design will be shown alongside the Museum's unique collection of Lucienne Day's handpainted carpet designs for Kidderminster firm Tomkinson's. This example shows artwork for one colourway of Tesserae, which won a Design Centre Award in 1957.

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Day for Flowers exhibition open this week

Published June 21st

Day for Flowers exhibition launched at London design retailer twentytwentyone's River Street, London showroom on Tuesday evening. Guests enjoyed a drink in the cool courtyard and admired the displays created by ten individuals from a variety of design backgrounds using the new Lucienne Day flower bricks. The exhibition is open till this Saturday 24th.

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Day for Flowers

Published June 11th

London design retailer is celebrating Lucienne Day's centenary with Day for Flowers, an exhibition of floral displays created by ten distinguished individuals from the design world using a Lucienne Day flower brick. The exhibition will run at twentytwentyone's River Street showroom from Wednesday June 21st to Saturday June 24th. A celebratory Limited Edition of one hundred bricks will be available for sale at the event. 

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Talk about Lucienne Day's Plants

Published May 25th

Paula Day will talk about her mother's love of plants as part of a Lucienne Day day at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester on Saturday June 10th. The curator Jennifer Harris will lead a tour of the exhibition Lucienne Day: A Sense of Growth, there will be a hands-on silkscreen printing workshop, and the afternoon will end with a screening of the full-length documentary film Contemporary Days: the Designs of Lucienne and Robin Day.

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New ceramics to launch at twentytwentyone

Published: May 8th

We are delighted to announce a collaboration with ceramics company 1882 Ltd. and design retailer twentytwentyone on a new production of Lucienne Day's 1966 designs for flower bricks. twentytwentyone will launch a celebratory limited edition of 100 flower bricks at Day for Flowers, an exhibition of floral displays created using the bricks, which will be held at their London showroom from June 21st - 24th. 

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Award presented to Jennifer Harris

Published: May 1st

Paula Day presented Jennifer Harris with our Award for Lifetime Contribution to Lucienne Day Studies at the Textile Society's Antique and Vintage Textile Fair in Manchester yesterday. Jennifer curated the first-ever Lucienne Day Retrospective at the Whitworth Art Gallery in 1993, and is also curator of the current exhibition Lucienne Day: A Sense of Growth. 

Capacity audience at Farfield Mill event

Published: April 26th

Last Sunday afternoon a packed audience at Farfield Mill, Cumbria attended Paula Day's illustrated talk about her mother's life and work, including her personal links with the area. A selection of Lucienne Day's printed textiles and silk mosaics were on display. Event organiser Anne Mackinnon is arranging a visit to the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester on Tuesday May 23rd to see the exhibition Lucienne Day: A Sense of Growth.


A Sense of Growth opens at Whitworth

Published: April 14th

Lucienne Day: A Sense of Growth launched last night in the Collections Centre overlooking the Art Garden at Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. Curator Jennifer Harris and Lucienne Day's daughter Paula Day spoke about the exhibition and the designer's love of plants. Cultural Park Keeper Francine Hafron thanked the GROW project participants who had co-curated the exhibition. The evening concluded with a demonstration of floral art by Craig Bullock, inspired by Lucienne Day's textile design Silver Birch. 

Lucienne Day in Cumbria

Published: April 3rd

On Sunday April 23rd Paula Day will present an illustrated talk at Farfield Mill, Sedbergh about her mother's life and career, including her love for the landscapes of Cumbria. Lucienne’s silk mosaic The Howgills will be on display at the event alongside some examples of her printed textiles.


Cards launch at Whitworth

Published: March 31st

The Whitworth Art Gallery has launched a range of greetings cards, postcards and mini prints with images of some of the Lucienne Day plant-inspired textiles held in the Gallery's extensive Lucienne Day archive. This new range celebrates Lucienne Day's centenary and the exhibition Lucienne Day: A Sense of Growth opening at the Whitworth on April 14th this year. The cards are available from the Whitworth Shop, Manchester.

Exhibition launch at Whitworth Art Gallery

Published: March 27th

A new exhibition Lucienne Day: A Sense of Growth will launch at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester on Thursday April 13th, 6pm - 8pm. Curator Jennifer Harris will open the exhibition in the Collections Centre, which looks out over the Art Garden. At 7pm floral designer Craig Bullock will present a Contemporary Floral Art: Art Alive event, creating a 3D floral sculpture in response to the Lucienne Day plant-inspired textile designs in the exhibition.


Last day of exhibition at Arts University Bournemouth

Published: March 22nd

Lucienne Day: Living Design closes today in the Gallery, Arts University Bournemouth. The exhibition has been well attended and widely acclaimed by the public, and has provided a resource for numerous student projects and schools workshops. 

Image Courtesy The Gregg School.

Lucienne Day's Tesserae carpet

Published: March 14th

The Fashion and Textile Gallery at the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, has now re-opened with a rare example of Lucienne Day's carpet design Tesserae (1957) taking pride of place in the Design Centre Awards display.


Film screening at Arts University Bournemouth

Published: March 13th

Contemporary Days: the Designs of Lucienne and Robin Day will be screened on Thursday March 16th, 5pm at Arts University Bournemouth. This moving and informative full-length documentary made in 2010 by US nonprofit foundation Design Onscreen includes archival photographs and interviews with family, friends and design experts. 

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Cushions now in John Lewis stores

Published: March 13th

The Lucienne Day cushions are now on display and available at selected branches of John Lewis including Oxford Street, Peter Jones, Kingston, Chichester, Poole, Trafford, Cheadle and Glasgow. The two limited-edition cushions (Magnetic and Flotilla) which have now sold out online may still be found in some of the stores.


JLP Heritage Centre exhibition extended

Published: February 28th

The exhibition about the Days' work as Design Consultants to the John Lewis Partnership has now been extended to the summer. The adjacent display of Lucienne Day's textiles will remain on show to the end of the year. The Heritage Centre is open to the public on Saturdays from 10am - 4pm, and by appointment.

Image: JLP Archive Collection


New cushions launch at John Lewis

Published: February 17th

An exclusive new range of six cushions created from Lucienne Day at Classic Textiles fabrics has now launched online at John Lewis. They feature 1950s designs Calyx, Flotilla, Dandelion Clocks, Lapis, Spectators and Magnetic. The Flotilla and Magnetic cushions have been produced in a limited edition of only 100 units each.


Lucienne Day 100 Trends on Twitter!

Published: February 6th

On January 29th the Foundation hosted the Design Museum #FontSunday on Twitter. Nine images of Lucienne Day designs based on lettering were posted online, and thousands of participants sent in images. The Lucienne Day #FontSunday was trending on Twitter for much of the afternoon.


Lucienne Day Textiles at Pallant till June 11th

Published: January 25th

Lucienne Day textile panels will remain on display in the restaurant of Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, till June 11th. The restaurant is furnished with Robin Day's chairs and was the venue for the '100th birthday' tea party held on January 5th.


JLP exhibition open on Saturdays to March 25th

Published: January 17th

An exhibition about the Days' work as Design Consultants to John Lewis is now open to the public on Saturdays from 10 - 4pm at the John Lewis Partnership Heritage Centre, Cookham. Some unique examples of Lucienne Day's original textiles artwork are also on display.

Image: JLP Archive Collection


Lucienne Day: Living Design open till March 22nd

Published: January 25th

This exhibition of photographs from the Foundation's archives and current commercial productions of Lucienne Day's historic designs is open to the public at The Gallery, Arts University Bournemouth till March 22nd.


Exhibition launch at Arts University Bournemouth

Published: January 15th

Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, Chancellor of Arts University Bournemouth and Patron of The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation, formally opened Lucienne Day: Living Design at a Private View held in The Gallery at AUB on Thursday January 12th.

Panel Discussion at Arts University Bournemouth

Published: January 15th

On Thursday January 12th a capacity audience attended a panel discussion chaired by Emma Hunt, curator of Lucienne Day: Living Design at Arts University Bournemouth. Sir Christopher Frayling, Jennifer Harris and Paula Day spoke about their personal memories of Lucienne Day and her work.

Persephone Books window display

Published: January 6th

Persephone Books have set up a Lucienne Day window in their Lamb's Conduit Street, London shop. The Lucienne Day 100 Designs poster is available from the store, as well as Persephone Books publications with Lucienne Day textile design endpapers.

Celebrations begin with '100th birthday' party

Published: January 6th

The Lucienne Day centenary celebrations were symbolically launched yesterday when Paula Day lit a single candle on her mother's '100th birthday' cake at a tea party event organised by Alys Bryan in the restaurant of Pallant House Gallery, Chichester. From 1999 onwards Robin and Lucienne Day made Chichester their home and often visited the Gallery.

'100th birthday' tea party

Published: January 5th

The first event of the centenary year is a ‘100th birthday’ tea party, open this afternoon to ticket holders only at Pallant Restaurant, Chichester.

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Exhibitions open

Published: January 5th

The first exhibitions and displays have now opened at museums and shops all over the country. See our 'What's On' section for all exhibition and events listings.

100 Designs poster on sale

Published: January 5th

Our Lucienne Day 100 Designs poster is now on sale at selected outlets. The poster includes portraits and images of one hundred of Lucienne Day’s designs, many never before published. See our 'Pick up a Poster' section for a list of shops now stocking the poster.

Lucienne Day 100 launches!

Published: January 5th

Our Lucienne Day centenary celebrations launched this morning on what would have been the designer’s 100th birthday.

Venues across the country displayed the Lucienne Day 100 logo, designed by Studio Fernando Gutiérrez and based on a motif from her most famous textile Calyx.