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Lucienne Day: In the Spirit of the Age (Textile Design)

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- Language: English
- Format: PDF - Djvu
- Pages:224
- Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Dist (April 16, 2014)
- Bestsellers rank: 1
- Category: Arts & Photography
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Lucienne Day was part of a new generation of designers who came to the forefront of the British textile industry in the immediate post-war period. Setting a new standard in originality and quality, both in Britain and abroad, she believed that good design should be mass produced for the many and not just the few, and that it could improve the lives of ordinary people. Though designing primarily for textiles, she successfully moved into other areas of design such as patterns for carpets, ceramics and wallpaper.

Lucienne Day had an independent spirit as a designer and was sharp, hardworking and had strong ideas about all aspects of design. Her breakthrough pattern 'Calyx', which is now considered to be an iconic 20th-century textile design, was first shown at the Festival of Britain in 1951. Day maintained her position as one of the most important designers for over 25 years and was one of the first designers to be recognized internationally for her work both in Britain and abroad.

This beautifully illustrated book brings together the many aspects of the work of Lucienne Day, in textiles, wallpaper, carpets and ceramics from both Britain and Europe.

Andrew Casey, who first interviewed Lucienne Day at her home in Cheyne Walk, London in 1993, has uncovered previously unpublished material from the Lucienne Day Archives and the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation. He has also interviewed members of Lucienne's family, including her daughter Paula, as well as Lucienne's design associates, members of her staff and specialist museum curators in the UK and overseas.

The book features a range of illustrations, archive photography and beautiful examples of Lucienne Day's original artwork for both textiles and carpet design, as well as pattern book illustrations for her ceramic designs. A short essay by Karen Conradi, Lucienne Day's niece, who worked with the designer on her silk mosaics for 16 years, adds further insight.

This thorough and richly illustrated book, the latest installment in the publisher's series on textile design, gives her the recognition she greatly deserved during her lifetime. (Interior Design Magazine, March 2014)This beautifully illustrated book provides a fascinating insight into mid-century British textile designer Lucienne Day’s life and prolific career. . . The book has over 100 pages of gorgeous color plates, many full-page. The illustrations and archive photography show the breadth of her work and are a rich source of visual inspiration. (Yvette Cortes, Fine Arts Librarian Arlis/ Na Reviews, April 2014) Andrew Casey is a Design Historian specializing in 20th-century design, particularly ceramics, and is the author of several books including Susie Cooper: Pioneer of Modern Design (ACC, 2002) and Art Deco Ceramics (ACC, 2008).


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  • By carol boyer on July 25, 2015

    Great record of the time. Good photos.

  • By j whitlock on June 29, 2014

    I haven't fully read it but did not previously recognize her as a major force in textile design. thank you

  • By Robin on January 22, 2015

    There probably weren't too many houses in Britain during the fifties and sixties that didn't have a fabric, wall covering, carpet or plastic laminate not designed by Lucienne Day or at least influenced by her work. She designed unique and eye-catching fabrics and wallpapers for the leading companies as well ceramics (for Rosenthall and John Lewis) and interior design (for BOAC).Andrew Casey reveals in this fascinating monograph how her creativity sprung to life in the late forties when she set up a design studio with her husband Robin Day (he was a product designer). The 1951 Festival of Britain established their design practice and Lucienne became known for original and innovative modern designs. The London store Heals used her fabric designs for twenty-five years and she and Robin Day were design consultants for John Lewis for over twenty years.The book is heavily illustrated and in two parts. The first historically looks at Lucienne Day's professional career with contemporary photos, graphics and colour photos of her designs but it is the second part where I think the book comes alive with a 112 page portfolio of patterns. Page after page of shapes and colour reflecting design styles from the mid-fifties onwards, many of these are page size or run over a spread so the reader can appreciate the beauty of the work. All of them have detailed captions.Overall the title is well designed and printed and nicely the many footnotes are on the same page as the relevant text. There is the odd quirk of only having page numbers on right-hand pages. The Appendices include a four page biographies of artists and designers mentioned in the text, bibliography and index.'Lucienne Day' will interest any one connected to the creative side of the textile market.


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