Lucienne Day In the Spirit of the Age

Front cover image

Andrew Casey

Buy now In stock

9781851497270
Paperback with flaps
ACC Editions
Territory: World
Size: 270 mm x 215 mm
Pages: 248
Illustrations: 125 colour, 50 b&w
New Title

RRP £29.95

  • A study of British textile designer and ceramicist, Lucienne Day
  • Features a foreword by the designer's daughter, Paula Day
  • Includes several rare textiles, not reproduced since they were first manufactured

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 Britiai 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 recognised 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 first interviewed Lucienne Day at her home in Cheyne Walk, London in 1993. Whilst researching this book he was privileged to be given access to previously unpublished material in Lucienne Day's personal records by kind permission of her daughter, Paula. He has also interviewed several of her design assistants, 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 Karin Conradi, Lucienne Day's niece, who hand-sewed the designer's silk mosaics for 16 years, adds further insight.

Also available in the Textile Design series:
Zandra Rhodes: Textile Revolution: Medals, Wiggles and Pop 1961-1971 ISBN: 9781851496488
Shirley Craven and Hull Traders: Revolutionary Fabrics and Furniture 1957-1980 ISBN: 9781851496082
Jacqueline Groag: Textile & Pattern Design: Wiener Werkstätte to American Modern ISBN: 9781851495900
Artists' Textiles 1940-1976 ISBN: 9781851496297

Andrew Casey is a Design Historian specialising 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).

What the press have said about this book...

"What cannot be overstated is that this really is a beautiful book and beautifully designed, allowing the reader to appreciate the breadth of Day's output as never before. One cannot help but think that Lucienne would have approved." The Textile Society

"A stylish overview of one of Britain's most colourful designers" - House & Garden

This impressively comprehensive book, packed full of archival imagery, includes not only Day's furnishing textiles but also the patterns she created for dress fabrics, carpets and laminates" - World of Interiors

“This beautiful book illustrates the full extent of her range”
BBC Antiques Roadshow

"A delicately researched account of the life and work of the designer" Suffolk Magazine

“The images within the book are of excellent quality and there are plenty of them too – it’s easy to lose hours flicking through full page spreads of pattern after pattern” Midcentury Magazine

“Copious illustrations, archive photography and examples of original artwork reveal the breadth of her practice” - Embroidery

“This ACC Editions-published reference is definitely a book you'll keep going back to” – Retro to Go



“The images within the book are of excellent quality and there are plenty of them too – it’s easy to lose hours flicking through full page spreads of pattern after pattern” Midcentury Magazine
 
“Copious illustrations, archive photography and examples of original artwork reveal the breadth of her practice” - Embroidery
 
“This ACC Editions-published reference is definitely a book you'll keep going back to” – Retro to Go



Look inside the book