Pallant House Gallery celebrates the glory Days of design
Friday 25 March 2011
Robin and Lucienne Day were the most glamorous, influential design couple in post-war Britain.
Known for experimenting with new materials for inexpensive furniture, Robin's most significant mass-produced design was the polypropylene shell chair (that's our classic school chair). Lucienne won international awards for her abstract nature forms on fabrics for Heal's.
An exhibition of their designs opens tomorrow in their home town of Chichester to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain.
It features over 50 Lucienne textiles ranging in date from 1951 to 1974, alongside rare, early furniture by Robin, including the Royal Festival Hall lounge, dining and orchestra chairs.
The Days were aware of this exhibition, but sadly both of them died last year, turning it into something of a memorial show. "They were incredibly important for post-war British Design," says Simon Martin, curator at Pallant House Gallery. "Their work was so accessible and they were both real ambassadors."
Robin and Lucienne Day: Design and the Modern Interior, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (www.pallant.org.uk) Sat to 26 June
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