Lucienne Day is one of the best-known post-war textile designers. Born in Surrey, she studied at Croydon School of Art and The Royal College of Art in London. During her career she won many awards, including the Gran Premio prize at the Milan Triennale 1954. She is noted for using Surrealist imagery as a key influence in her designs. Her design ‘Calyx’, presented at the 1951 Festival of Britain, is her most famous work. She was married to furniture designer Robin Day, and became a Royal Designer for Industry in 1962.