Lucienna Day 1917-2010

Robin and Lucienna Day

The death of Lucienna Day age 93 was announced recently in the Sunday Times. As Lucienna Conrad she taught at the BSoA during WWII and it is there that she met and married Robin Day.

Like Robin, she was a pioneer of British contemporary design. She drew upon organic forms, plant life and respected much of the work of the European abstract painters of the time. She was most influential in injecting new and gayer colours as well as radical new forms following the drab years of post war Britain.

The development of Robin and Lucienne Day’s designs can be traced in Lesley Jackson’s 2001 book Robin and Lucienne Day. An exhibition Robin and Lucienne Day: Design and the Modern Interior will be held in Chichester in 2011.

Collections of Lucienne’s work can be found at the V&A and where it is evident that her impact is still felt in today’s fashion and design world.

Olive Calyx, Screen Printed Linen, Lucienna Day 1951