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Textile Designer Lucienne Day in 1952

Textile Designer Lucienne Day in 1952

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.

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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.”

More Lucienne Day designs (left to right): Dandelion, Sequoia and Flotilla

More Lucienne Day designs (left to right): Dandelion, Sequoia and Flotilla

To add Lucienne Day-style to your home, purchase reproduction fabric. (Check out the fabulous color combinations!) Go old school with this vintage dish towel and these pillows.

Day has inspired artists of all kinds, including tennis shoe makers, crafters and modern-day designers.

10 Responses

  1. Tracey says:

    She was a visionary. I like sequoia.

  2. Sandra says:

    Ms. Days patterns invoked memories of my teenage years in the 60's.

  3. Wanda says:

    I had never heard of Ms. Days designs, but looking at her creations, I can see the modern influences of artist like Klee or Miro, with her own interpratation.

  4. Carole Ann says:

    I used to go to Loews and just wander around and look at everything. Now, my favorite thing to do is go fabric stores. I travel with my business and in every city I'm in I check out the nearest store. Fabrics and colors are like going to an art gallery. There are so many beautiful choices.

  5. Patty S says:

    I wish the textile factories would return to the south. Clothing and material were better designed here in the USA. And if there was a problem it was handled.

  6. guest says:

    carole ann, I love what you said about fabric art. So true. I visited one in Mexico, actually in several cities while there. Great way to get in the neighborhood vibe too.

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