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Pioneers of industrial design and modern furniture, Robin and Lucienne Day, placed side by side, quickly became Britain's most celebrated designer couple of the post-war period.

Their work can be found in permanent collections of the most famous modern art and design museums, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Best-known for her patterns, Lucienne Day produced furnishing fabric. Dress fabrics were an essential part of her design practice in the early post-war period; at the same time, Robin day dedicated his career to furniture. His Polypropylene Chair, designed in 1963 for S. Hille & Co, is the first if not the best plastic shell chair ever created.

An antique piece made a historic milestone in modern plastic interpretations. Robin Day said, "low-cost design furniture and accessibility is precisely a subject which interests me".

In 2012 Paula Day set up the legacy of the British duo, the Lucienne day foundation. The charity is dedicated to sharing access and knowledge of British design heritage through the works of Robin Day and Lucienne.

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About Robin & Lucienne DayRobin and Lucienne Day are the one and only pioneers of modern and contemporary design. The British interior power duo quickly became Britain's most celebrated designer couple of the fifties post-war period.

Regardless of their increasing celebrity status, Lucienne Day continued with her commitment to producing dress fabrics, textiles, and furnishing fabrics, tending to the needs and demands of the consumer market.

Her Calyx furnishing fabric became a world best-seller.

Furniture designer Robin first became prominent in 1948 when his multipurpose storage unit (co-designed by Clive Latimer) won first prize in New York's Museum of Modern Art International Low-Cost Furniture Competition.

In 1949, Day's passion for combining functionalist aesthetics with the latest technology drew the attention of Hille, a small furniture company in East End, London. His work for Hille transformed the company into a pioneer of modern furniture.

Despite the couple's platinum marriage of 70 years and sharing the same vision, an unwavering commitment to design that enhanced and changed people's lives, they always worked separately and independently at their ground floor studio in their Chelsea home.

A receptive audience was waiting, ready for a breath of fresh air after the visual bleakness of the war. Britain called for a central government initiative to boost the nation's industrial production by elevating the status, training, and consequently the output of British designers. For centuries, the textile industry has always been a crucial piece of the British economy. The British led the world in textile production through innovation and invention during the Industrial Revolution, including new designs, the spinning jenny, water frame, and water-powered spinning mill.

Both Lucienne and Robin fulfilled the government's brief perfectly: ambitious, highly talented, and with a committed vision to life.

Lucienne Day's career was launched in 1951 at The Festival of Britain, a landmark exhibition held on London's South Bank. It proved a decisive turning point for Lucienne. Day designed the interior for the Festival's Homes and Gardens pavilion and had already secured the commission to develop all the seating for the Royal Festival Hall, the newly-built auditorium, and concert hall constructed on London's South Bank as part of the Festival of Britain. He sought a cost-effective textile for the Pavilion and seized the opportunity to showcase Lucianne's talents. She created numerous textiles and wallpaper displayed in various room settings in the Pavilion.

Robin Day chairs and other furniture piecees are famous for its elegant designs, such as the 675 Chair, Hillestak, and Q-Stak chairs, which were widely used in public spaces from the post-war era until the 1960s when he pioneered the world's first Polypropylene Chair.

The poly side chair designed for Hille required a tremendous initial investment during that time of around £6,000 to develop and build.

The design has sold more than 14 million to date.

Robin's philosophy was simple, to design accessible, high-tech furniture, both practical and low-cost.

Style your home with selected pieces from this fifties duo. Their work is already in permanent collections of the most celebrated modern art and design museums worldwide.


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