Lucienne Day: Living Design

Wed Oct 11, 2017 - Mon Nov 20, 2017

This exhibition, in the Vertical Gallery at Manchester School of Art, celebrates the life and work of one of most influential designers of the post-war generation, Lucienne Day.

Lucienne Day: Living Design tells the story of Lucienne Day’s design career, unfolding in a sequence of photographs drawn from the archives of the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation.

Photographs show the lead up to her career breakthrough at the Festival of Britain 1951, with her pioneering ‘contemporary’ design Calyx. They also evidence Lucienne’s prolific output of patterns for furnishing and dress fabrics, table linen, carpets, wallpapers and ceramics. The exhibition includes current and recent productions of Lucienne’s designs, demonstrating the continuing vitality of Lucienne’s design legacy.

A special panel discussion will take place at Manchester School of Art on 18 October.

The exhibition continues until 20 November.

Exhibition curated by Emma Hunt and Paula Day. Image: (detail) Artwork for Silver Birch furnishing fabric, Lucienne Day, Heal’s Wholesale & Export, 1958. Courtesy of The Robin & Lucienne Day Foundation. Photograph: John Lewis. John Lewis Partnerships Archives. Pattern Number: S7188.


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