Contemporary Days – The Designs of Lucienne & Robin Day
USA, 2010, 75 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Art, Documentary
Pre-Screening Reception, 5-7pm
Screening will take place at the Denver Art Museum Sharp Auditorium. For directions, click here.
Discussion moderated by Westword's Michael Paglia to follow the film with Denver collectors Jill Wiltse and Kirk Brown.
Pre-screening reception at Walker Fine Art , 5-7 PM
Sponsored by Modern in Denver Magazine . In partnership with UC Denver College of Architecture and Planning
Robin and Lucienne Day transformed British design after World War II with striking furniture and textiles that signaled a new era of modernist sensibilities for everyday living. Robin’s revolutionary furniture designs introduced materials such as plastic, steel and plywood to homes, offices and schools. His stacking polypropylene chair endures as an icon and now graces a Royal Mail postage stamp. Lucienne’s abstract textile designs brought accessible elegance into the homes of postwar British consumers. The Days’ fresh design approaches, including their contributions to the Royal Festival Hall in 1951, helped fuel the artistic and commercial awakening that led Britain out of the devastation of World War II. The film traces the Days’ personal and professional progression over the course of their careers, spanning more than seventy years—from their days at the Royal College of the Arts in the 1930s, through their long heyday at the forefront of British design, to their recent rediscovery by new generations of design aficionados.
DIRECTOR: Murray Grigor