Lucienne Day was a virtuoso pattern pro, channeling her fascination with abstract art and plants into textiles and dinnerware. This year, to mark the centennial of her birth, numerous activities are planned across the U.K. by the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation, which promotes the legacy of the British designer and her furniture-designer husband.
Chaired by the couple’s daughter, Paula, the organization’s greatest tribute is immortalizing the designs through licensing. For example, Twentytwentyone reproduces the Black Leaf and Too Many Cooks tea towels, originally introduced in 1959 by Thomas Somerset. Classic Textiles reissued Calyx, the iconic linen from 1951, designed for furniture retailer Heal’s. And department store John Lewis, where the Days served as consultants for 25 years, celebrates with decorative pillows sporting Calyx, along with five patterns originally printed by Cavendish Textiles.