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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Update: Lucienne and Robin Day

Last September I posted about Lucienne Day, and in November I posted about her husband, Robin Day. The celebrated British couple is often compared with their American counterparts, Charles and Ray Eames. Lucienne's textile design and Robin's furniture design pioneered the modern aesthetic in post-war England. Both Lucienne and Robin Day died last year.

Thanks to my daughter's friend Rene's blog, I found out that the work of Lucienne and Robin Day will be exhibited until the end of June at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex. Although I don't have the money to hop a plane and attend the show myself, maybe some of you who live across the Atlantic will be able to go and tell us about it afterwards.

If, like me, you can't make the trip, you may have to be content with this excellent slideshow on the BBC site. Not only does it contain stunning images of the Days' work with narration by Simon Martin, the head of curatorial services at the gallery, but it also features music by Duke Ellington and Pink Floyd, Sir Adrian Boult conducting Brahms and The Byrds. It is a treat for the eyes and ears.

Here are a few more of my favorite designs by the Days, some of which you'll see in the slideshow.
Lapis by Lucienne Day
Herb Antony by Lucienne Day
Parkland by Lucienne Day
Springboard by Lucienne Day
Royal Festival Hall armchair by Robin Day
Fauteuil chair by Robin Day
Hillestack chair by Robin Day

Update to the update (6/25/11): A fellow blogger across the Atlantic did get to see the exhibit and posted pictures. I'm at the same time green with envy and appreciative of all the wonderful images in the post at chairsmith.

1 comment:

  1. Having seen a large selection of Lucienne's fabrics in the flesh, the Lapis pattern - in particular - was quite mesmerising. Its ironic to think that most of Lucienne's fabrics that were on display at the exhibition were drawn from the collection of two avid collectors from ..... Denver!