We recently showed you the Lucienne Day bed linen for Heal's, now John Lewis is also offering you the opportunity to purchase some of the textile designer's style with this Lucienne Day Panama rug.
Lucienne Day had a long-running relationship with John Lewis as, from 1962 to 1987, she and her husband Robin Day were employed by the store as design consultants on a new house style and interiors for their stores. The rug, exclusive to John Lewis, reflects Day's interest in abstract design and has a strikingly modern look, although perhaps has a much more muted colour scheme than you'd normally associate with her designs.
Each rug is a hand-woven wool and cotton mix and costs £295.
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Big, bold 60s style patterns are everywhere in clothing and home wares this Spring Summer.
The Lucienne Day bed linen is based on the British textile designer's Sunrise pattern, which was originally designed for Heals in 1969. Over the 20 years she designed for Heals, Day produced over 70 different patterns and, with her prints hanging in every contemporary home across Britain, pioneering the idea of fabric as ‘art for the people’. The modernist geometric Sunrise pattern is a great way to introduce authentic 60s design to your bedroom.
The bedding is 100% cotton and available in sizes single to super king with pillowcases sold separately. The range is available exclusively from Heals and starts from £30. See website for more details.
Cast your minds back to October and you may remember Heal's Dinky armchair. It was especially noticeable for its upholstery which was a reinterpretation of Lucienne Day's famous Calyx design. If you liked that, Heal's have gone one step further with the design applying it to this set of Calyx inspired tableware.
Calyx was originally created for the Festival of Britain in 1951 and remains one of Day's most famous designs. For this reinterpretation, geometric stem-like forms of the designs have been applied against white porcelain. In a bit of circularity, the placement and use of the natural motif on this tableware echoes a design that itself drew heavily from the 1950s – Sanderson's hugely popular Dandelion Clocks range.
Prices for this tableware start at £5.50 for a cereal bowl and go up to £25 for a platter.
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Looking for a bit of bold, midcentury style in your living room? Check out the Heal's Dinky armchair.
Dinky by name and in nature, this Heal's exclusive is designed to have a small footprint, with small foam seat and high back. Ideal is space is limited. That fabric is apparently a Heal's reinterpretation of Lucienne Day's Calyx fabric, adding an extra of 1950s cool.
Finished off with those angled legs in natural or dark stain, the chair sells for £1,295.
Find out more at the Heal's website
As part of their Rediscovers range, Heal’s has a series of prints based on Lucienne Day’s designs from the 50s and 60s.
Pictured here is the reinterpretation of the Calyx design, which Day created for Heal’s in 1951 and was the first design that brought her fame. Other prints include Small Hours (1952), Graphica (1953) Springboard (1954), and the Apex print from 1967, which is geometric pattern that typifies Day’s work from the mid to late Sixties.
The prints are sold unframed for £12 each from Heal’s.
Released today is Marnie Fogg's new book on 1950s Fashion Prints. Marnie Fogg is the author behind both the vintage handbags book and the one about Sixties fashion boutiques, while this volume is the sister volume to her book on 1960s fashion print.
It's intended to act as a source of inspiration for design students and practitioners and its 192 pages are jammed full of designs from the key figures of the time such as Lucienne Day and Robert Stewart, as well as key companies such as Marimekko. The designs are grouped thematically by topics that influenced the designs of the period such as the influence of artists on fabric designs or novelty patterns. There's plenty on its pages to inspire a Fifties design enthusiast as well as appeal to those with a more expert interest.
Reasonably priced too. You can buy it for £12.99 from Amazon