Image acknowledgements

Thanks to the following organisations for permission to use images on this website:


Collection of Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III, Denver

John Lewis Partnership

Mitchell Beazley

Royal Air Force Museum Hendon


V&A Museum

Whitworth Art Gallery

All other images are from Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation archives.

Images may not be reproduced without prior written permission.

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© Lesley Jackson and Paula Day 2014

Robin Day

A major retrospective exhibition, Robin and Lucienne Day – Pioneers of Contemporary Design was held at the Barbican Art Gallery in 2001, accompanied by a book of the same name.

The revival of interest in Robin’s historic work led to new design commissions when he was in his late 80s. He relished the fresh challenges, working in a ‘studio shed’ in the back garden of the Chichester house.

He was consulted on the refurbishment of his 1951 Royal Festival Hall auditorium seating (still in use after 55 years), and attended the re-opening celebration concert in June 2006.

In September 2010 he attended the U.K. premier of the documentary film Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne and Robin Day.

Robin survived Lucienne by nine months, and died aged 95 on November 9th 2010.

Robin Day sitting on yellow Polo chair (1975), 2000s
©Robin & Lucienne Day Foundation