One of the most inspiring things I have seen this summer (and there have been quite a few!) is the current exhibit at the Textile Museum. It is all about mid century modern women in design and boy are there some fabulous and fun textiles on show! I tend to be a rule breaker (in some areas of my life only) and when it comes to taking photo’s in museums…I often break the rules. I do it so I can share snippets with others who I know may not be able to experience the same thing in person. So enjoy the photo’s I risked my visit to take, luckily that day the security guard seemed more interested in talking on the phone than observing the museum goers.
The show is called “Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain” and it ends on September 12, so if you get a chance you may want to make a trip to see it. The show features a majority of designs by British designer Lucienne Day and two of her contemporaries: Jacqueline Groag and Marian Mahler. The work above and below is from Lucienne Day. Aren’t they just incredibly fresh and fun and honest? That is what I love about this era of work. The designs are not pretentious, over thought or trend driven. They are little pieces of honest and good design (in my humble opinion). This is the type of work I aspire to share because it’s lovely and different and fun and the love that the designer put into the work shines through.
Lucienne Day’s husband (Robin) was also a furniture designer. I’m certain this contributed to her overall sensibility about good design for home interiors. Below are some great tea towels she designed.Her are a few shots of the overall show. All these ladies were fabulous designers which shows since their designs have stood the test of time. I especially enjoyed the work of Lucienne Day and was so glad to get to see this show in person. Hope you enjoyed this sneak peak and let me know if you got to make it to the show.
- You: Lucienne Day’s textiles transcended mere fabric as examples of fine abstract art (washingtonpost.com)
- robin and lucienne day exhibit and film (designboom.com)