Mention Lucienne around these parts and chances are we'll be thinking of Lucienne Day. That's certainly the case in this Lucienne and Company tea towel from Papa Stour, which is named after the designer.
You probably don't need us to tell you that the John Lewis sale has now started. But we would just like to point out one rather cool thing in it.
If you failed to make it to Chichester for the Robin and Lucienne Day Exhibition featued in these pages earlier this year all is not lost.
The exhibition is currently to be found in Ealing, at the Pitzhanger Manor Museum, where it will remain until the 4th of September. As part of the exhibition there will also be a screening of the film, Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne and Robin Day, which traces the careers of the influential husband and wife designers from the 1930's through to the present.
The screening takes place on Thursday August 25th at 7.30pm – it's free to attend; simply call 020 8567 1227 to book your place.
Cast your mind back a few years, and you may remember the Virago modern classic range: hardback titles, decorated with fantastic patterns from the likes of Cath Kidston and Orla Kiely. Well, that formula was obviously so successful, they've done it again, this time giving the deluxe treatment to five further titles.
Books are married to designers of a suitable style or era. Elaine Dundy's 1958 The Dud Avocado is decorated by a distinctive Lucienne Day pattern, while Elizabeth Jenkin's The Tortoise and the Hare is paired with a Florence Broadhurst design. Contemporary designers who work in a retro style are also included: the other covers are decorated by Angie Lewin, Eley Kishimoto and Neisha Crosland.
Beautiful by themselves, or on their own, the books are priced at £13 each.
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They've been produced to accompany the current Miro exhibition at Tate Modern. Miro's art influenced the designs of Lucienne Day, amongst many others, so it's hardly surprising that these scarves nod towards her work. Made from 100% linen, they are decorated with a pattern that uses the sketchy, skeletal forms so associated with 50s designs.
Available in three colours, the scarves cost £45 each.
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A two for one feature for Heal’s designs with both the Dinky sofa and Dinky armchair in Sanderson Festival fabric being very stylish midcentury-style gems.
Both are exclusives to Heal’s, the amrchair above described as being ‘Dinky by name and by nature’, with a small footprint, small foam seat and high back, with those angled wooden legs in either a natural or dark stain. Incidentally, it’s also available in Heal’s reinterpretation of Lucienne Day’s Calyx and a plain citrus fabric too. If you want one of these UK-made armchairs, they’re available online from £1,170. It’s not the only item in the range though.