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Robin and Lucienne Day

Pioneers of Contemporary Design

Dominating design throughout the 1950s and 60s, this major exhibition celebrated the groundbreaking work of Robin and Lucienne Day in furniture, textiles, ceramics, wallpapers, interiors and graphics.

The English equivalent of the American design duo Charles and Ray Eames, Robin and Lucienne Day brought colour and excitement into post-war homes and public buildings – including the Barbican. 

Robin Day’s stylish, practical, economical furniture is still widely used in Britain, and his revolutionary polypropylene chairs of the 1960s and 70s are some of the most recognisable chair designs of the twentieth century. Lucienne Day’s printed furnishing fabrics transformed living rooms with their vivid colour and inventive designs. The exhibition also highlighted her achievements in dress fabric, wallpaper and ceramics as well as carpets and table linen.

As part of the exhibition, classic Day designs, produced by SCP and Twenty Twenty One, could be seen on the Ground Floor in the Barbican.

Tagged with: Art Gallery Archive

Pioneers of Contemporary Design was organised by Barbican Art Gallery and curated by design author Lesley Jackson.

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