Monographs (Chronological Order)

Jennifer Harris, Lucienne Day – A Career in Design, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 1993 

Lesley Jackson, Robin and Lucienne Day: Pioneers of Contemporary Design, Mitchell Beazley, 2001, new edition 2011

Andrew Casey, Lucienne Day: In the Spirit of the Age, Antique Collectors’ Club Editions, 2014

Other Publications (Chronological Order)

Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., Prize Designs for Modern Furniture from the International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1949

Denise Bonnett, ed., Contemporary Cabinet Design and Construction, Batsford, 1956

Dennis and Barbara Young, Furniture in Britain To-day, Tiranti, 1964

Whitechapel Art Gallery, Modern Chairs 1918–1970, London, 1970

Fiona MacCarthy, A History of British Design, 1830-1970, Allen & Unwin, 1979

Sutherland Lyall, Hille: 75 Years of British Furniture, Elron Press / V&A, 1981

Kathryn B. Hiesinger and George H. Marcus, eds., Design Since 1945, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1983

Isabelle Anscombe, A Woman’s Touch: Women in Design from 1860 to the Present, Virago, 1984

Mary Schoeser, Fabrics and Wallpapers – Twentieth Century Design, Bell & Hyman, 1986

Jennifer Harris, Sarah Hyde and Greg Smith, 1966 and All That: Design and the Consumer in Britain 1960-1969, Trefoil, 1986

Karl Sembach, Contemporary Furniture: An International Review of Modern Furniture 1950 to the Present, Design Council, 1986

Fiona MacCarthy and Patrick Nuttgens, Eye for Industry: Royal Designers for Industry 1936-1986, Lund Humphries / Royal Society of Arts, 1986

Penny Sparke, Furniture: Twentieth-Century Design, Bell & Hyman, 1986

Peter Dormer, The New Furniture: Trends and Traditions, Thames & Hudson, 1987

Frances Hinchliffe, Fifties Furnishing Fabrics, V&A, 1989

Lesley Jackson, The New Look: Design in the Fifties, Thames & Hudson, 1991

Martin Eidelberg, ed., Design 1935-1965: What Modern Was, Abrams, 1991

Lesley Jackson, ‘Contemporary’ Architecture and Interiors of the 1950s, Phaidon, 1994

The Fine Art Society / Rayner & Chamberlain, Austerity to Affluence: British Art and Design 1945-1962, Merrell Holberton, 1997

Lesley Jackson, The Sixties: Decade of Design Revolution, Phaidon, 1998

Penny Sparke, A Century of Design: Design Pioneers of the 20th Century, Mitchell Beazley, 1998

Ngozi Ikoku, British Textile Design from 1940 to the Present, V&A, 1999

Christopher Frayling, Art and Design: 100 Years at the Royal College of Art, Collins & Brown, 1999

Garry Olson and Peter Toaig, Onetree, Merrell, 2001

Lesley Jackson, 20th Century Pattern Design: Textile and Wallpapers Pioneers, Mitchell Beazley, 2002, new edition 2011

Ngozi Ikoku, ed., Post-War British Textiles, Francesca Galloway, 2006

Sue Kerry, Twentieth Century Textiles, Francesca Galloway, 2007

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Designing Women of Postwar Britain, Denver, 2008

Anna Buruma, Liberty and Co. in the Fifties and Sixties, Antique Collectors’ Club, 2009

Sue Prichard, V&A Pattern: The Fifties, V&A, 2009

Textile Museum, Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain, Washington, 2010

Mary Schoeser, V&A Pattern: Heal’s, V&A, 2012

Judith Miller, ed., Mid-Century Modern: Living with Mid-Century Modern Design, Miller’s, 2012

Christopher Breward and Ghislaine Wood, eds., British Design from 1948: Innovation in the Modern Age, V&A, 2012

Lily Crowther, Award Winning British Design 1957-1988, V&A, 2012

Lesley Jackson, Alastair Morton and Edinburgh Weavers: Visionary Textiles and Modern Art, V&A, 2012

Lesley Jackson, Modern British Furniture: Design Since 1945, V&A, 2013

Leslie Williamson, Modern Originals: At Home with Midcentury European Designers, Rizzoli, 2014

Jonathan Glancey, A Very British Revolution: 150 Years of John Lewis, Laurence KIng Publishing, 2014

Marnie Fogg, The Art of the Tea Towel, Pavilion Books, 2018

Zoe Hendon, Wallpaper, Bloomsbury, 2018

Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire, Mid-Century Modern Living: The Mini Moderns guide to pattern and style, Kyle Books, 2019

Museums and Archives

Art Institute of Chicago, US: (Lucienne Day silk mosaic)

Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham: (Lucienne Day carpet)

Archive of Art and Design, V&A, London: (Robin and Lucienne Day Archives; Heal’s Archive; Festival of Britain Archive)

John Lewis Partnership Textile Archive, Cookham, Berkshire: (Lucienne Day textiles and textiles artwork)

Design Archives, University of Brighton: (Design Council Archives)

Design Museum, London: (Robin Day furniture, models and drawings)

The Geffrye Museum of the Home, London: (Robin Day furniture and Lucienne Day textiles)

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, US: (Lucienne Day textiles)

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada: (Lucienne Day textiles)

Museum of Carpet, Kidderminster (Lucienne Day artwork for Tomkinson's carpets)

MODA (Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture), University of Middlesex: (Lucienne Day textiles and wallpapers)

Museum of Modern Art, New York, US: (Robin Day International Low-Cost Furniture Competition archives, Robin Day furniture, Lucienne Day textiles)

The National Archives (Festival of Britain Office records relating to Robin Day, Registered Designs)

Philadelphia Museum of Art, US: (Robin Day furniture)

Röhsska Museum, Gothenberg, Sweden: (Lucienne Day silk mosaic)

Rosenthal Museum, Selb, Germany: (Lucienne Day ceramics)

Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon: (Robin Day posters)

Royal Designers for Industry Archive, Royal Society of Arts, London: (RDI Archives)

VADS (Visual Arts Data Service), online image database: (Design Council Slide Library and Design Council Photographic Index)

Victoria and Albert Museum, London: (Robin Day furniture, television, radio, carpets and poster; Lucienne Day textiles, textile designs, glass towels, silk mosaic, carpets and wallpapers)

Wellcome Library, Wellcome Collection, London: (Robin Day posters)

Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester: (Lucienne Day textiles, glass towels, carpets, silk mosaics, wallpapers and printing screen)


Barbican Centre, London
(Robin Day auditorium seating in theatre, concert hall and cinemas)

Churchill College, University of Cambridge
(Robin Day dining chairs in chapel)

John Lewis, Kingston-on-Thames (Lucienne Day silk mosaics: Aspects of the Sun, 1990, and Islands, 1991)

Royal Festival Hall, London (Robin Day auditorium seating in concert hall)


Festival in London, 1951, directed by Philip Leacock, produced by Central Office of Information for Commonwealth Relations Office

Brief City (Festival of Britain), 1951: directed by Maurice Harvey and Jacques Brunius, produced by Central Office of Information and The Observer

Contemporary Furniture, 1952, produced by Pathé

Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne and Robin Day, 2010, directed by Murray Grigor, produced by Design Onscreen

© Lesley Jackson 2014