Lucienne Day: Living Design

1 July – 30 September

2017 is the centenary of the birth of Lucienne Day and the Museum of Carpet is taking part in the celebrations by hosting the exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design.

The Museum of Carpet is delighted to welcome Dr Paula Day, daughter of the designer Lucienne Day, to the museum.

Lucienne Day was one of Britain’s leading textile designers, who brought contemporary colour to an otherwise drab post war period. Born in 1917, she graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1940. One of her most famous designs, Calyx, was created for the Homes and Gardens Pavilion at the Festival of Britain in 1951 and launched her design career. From that moment on Lucienne designed fabrics, wallpapers, ceramics and carpets on a commercial basis, until later in her life when she focused more on one-off designs for her silk mosaics.

This exhibition traces her design career through a photographic history and includes a vibrant display of her fabric designs. For the first time ever the Museum of Carpet will be putting Day’s original hand painted carpet designs on public display.

Commander Michael Tomkinson, managing director of Tomkinsons Ltd in Kidderminster, commissioned Day to create a series of carpet designs in the late 1950s. Many of these designs became best sellers. Generations later descendants of Michael Tomkinson, Heather (great granddaughter) and Annie Freeman (great great granddaughter) met Paula Day at the Museum of Carpet to see the museum’s collection of carpet designs by Lucienne Day.

We are delighted to host the exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design and it is wonderful to meet the families of the people who were forward thinking enough to commission and create such pioneering designs.

Sue Hetherington, Education and Exhibitions Co-ordinator, Museum of Carpet.



Museum of Carpet, Green Street, Kidderminster DY10 1AZ
Tel 01562 69028

Adults £4.50
Concessions £3.50
Children (5-18years) £2
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) £10
Children under 5 Free

The exhibition was curated by Dr Paula Day and Professor Emma Hunt, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Arts University Bournemouth. Emma Hunt will be giving a talk on the life and work of Lucienne Day at the Museum of Carpet on Thursday 20th July 2pm, followed by tea and cake. Tickets cost £12.50 and are available from the Museum of Carpet shop. Everyone welcome.

You can find out more about the Lucienne Day centenary celebrations by visiting


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