March is Women’s History Month, and we are featuring influential women in design, starting with Lucienne Day whose vibrant textiles changed the industry. Day died in January at the age of 93. She created designs for fabric, carpet, wallpaper, ceramics and more and was inspired by modern art, geometrics and nature. Her 1951 pattern, Calyx, won the prestigious International Design Award of the American Institute of Decorators and propelled her career.
Learn more about Lucienne’s legacy at Design Museum.org, and don’t miss this homage by Jonathan Glancey. This beautiful book chronicles the lives of Lucienne and her husband, Robin, a furniture designer who also rocked the 1950s and 60s scene. I love the quote about the couple’s home in this Design Sponge interview. “[The Day's] Chelsea home could easily be mistaken for a contemporary interior, but it’s barely changed for over 40 years. It’s as if the rest of the world has finally caught up with their love of simple, pure materials and design with soul.”