Thursday, 17 March 2011

Robin and Lucienne Day exhibition


My in-the-know friend Abi just tipped me off about Robin and Lucienne Day: The Modern Interior – an upcoming exhibition at the gorgeous Pallant House Gallery, in Chichester, West Sussex.

The show, in partnership with Elle Decoration (among others) starts on March 26 and runs until June 26. I didn't know that the Days' home town was Chichester – but it makes it all the more fitting. You're almost certainly familiar with the cool British couple's post-war work – Robin designed the chair above, and many we've all sat on in public institutions. And Lucienne's graphic print fabrics have had a huge resurgence in the last few years. Together, their commitment was to design low cost, mass-produced, good quality furniture and fabric. Pieces that are now classics. 

If you can't make it, at least enjoy a snapshot, with this clip, below, from a film about the Days that is being screened as part of the exhibition. There is also a tie-in book, also below, £25. 

Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne & Robin Day from Design Onscreen on Vimeo.

And if you haven't been to that part of the world – go! I went for the first time a couple of years ago and the gallery is a highlight – so refreshingly unlike London galleries, and stuffed with incredible art and furniture and crazy room recreations. When we were there, there was brilliant, if freaky, installation of mussel shells, covering an entire staircase. And the South Downs countryside... it's just one of my favourite places ever. If you make it, I'd recommend lunch (and maybe a room) at the Crab & Lobster, on the banks of Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve.

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