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Lucienne Day, Festival of Britain

Like Robin, Lucienne took full advantage of the creative opportunities offered by the Festival for up-and-coming young designers. The Homes and Gardens Pavilion provided the ideal showcase for her talents in both textiles and the related field of wallpaper, where she collaborated with two leading firms, Cole & Son and John Line.Her Festival patterns, which also included an upholstery fabric for the seating in Wells Coates’ Telekinema, reflected the optimistic mood of the time with their sprightly linear motifs, punchy compositions and eye-catching colouring.

Calyx, Luciennne’s breakthrough furnishing textile for Heal’s, was specially created to complement the forward-looking style of Robin’s 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 with Calyx screen-printed furnishing fabric, 1951

©Robin & Lucienne Day Foundation/photo: Studio Briggs

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