These were the Days…

Thanks to their daughter, Paula, Robin & Lucienne Day (star designer couple whose input to the British Modern design is equivalent to what Charles & Ray Eames brought to the US) are in the limelight again. London-based design store twentytwentyone is hosting a selling exhibition of almost a hundred pieces of furniture and objects from Robin and Lucienne Day’s home. The designers, who spent 70 years living together (until Lucienne's death in 2010, followed a few months later by Robin Day's), collected or made each of those pieces, gathered and exhibited for the first time.

R.I.P. Robin Day

Robin Day s'est éteint le 9 novembre, âgé de 95 ans. Il est le designer britannique le plus populaire du 20e siècle, grâce à sa révolutionnaire chaise Prolyprop pour Hille, vendue (et toujours éditée) à plus de 14 millions d'exemplaires dans le monde. Aussi douée et acclamée que son mari, sa designer textile d'épouse, Lucienne (disparue en début d'année, mais plus que jamais actuelle) et lui-même se sont rapidement trouvés affublés du surnom des "Eames anglais". Brillants, innovateurs, très "visibles", collaborant parfois avec les mêmes firmes que leurs comparses américains : la comparaison s'arrête ici, puisque, contrairement aux Eames, Robin et Lucienne ont rarement travaillé ensemble. Robin Day has died on November 9th, aged 95. The most successful British furniture designer of the 20th Century, his Polyprop chair for Hille has been sold in excess of 14 million pieces all over the planet. His equally successful and stylish wife, textile designer Lucienne (who passed away earlier this year) and himself were even dubbed the "British Eames", in regards to the innovative quality of their work. Though both were designers, they rarely worked together, contrary to the Eames team. They met in the late 1930's when studying at the Royal College of Art, in London. They graduated in 1938, and Robin set up his own studio ten years later. The RCA did not, at that time, offered practical courses in fuctionnal design, but somehow gave Day the impulse to develop his interest in Architecture, a discipline which, from that moment on, played a major part in his creation process.

Mort d’une grande dame du Design : Lucienne Day

Lucienne Day, grande figure de l'histoire du design textile, vient de s'éteindre.