Pallant House, go there for the current unmissable exhibition Robin and Lucienne Day- Design and the Modern Interior.
A few years ago a friend described her day trip to Pallant House in Chichester with the words, ‘ it’ so you, you will love it.’ Walk along the streets lined with elegant vernacular buildings, duck down a side street, round a sharp bend and there in front of you Queen Anne, Pallant House, renovated with an impressive extension a few years ago.
Just when we are all feeling pleased with ourselves for being savy about modern design here’s an exhibition highlighting modern designs that are more than 60 years old. With their challenging designs celebrated couple Robin and Lucienne Day rose to prominence in the 1951 Festival of Britain.
Luciennes’ innovative abstract fabric designs inspired by floral and leaf forms were fresh and confident in the optimistic post war years.
In response to post war shortages Robin Day designed furniture with clean lines, groundbreaking yet economical, made from modern materials steel and ply wood, a stark contrast to heavy furniture of pre war years.
I’ve been quizzed about my lust for ‘stacking plastic chairs,’ here’s my justification.
Lunch in the beautiful courtyard garden was wonderful, wild garlic gnocchi perfect, so light, melting and soft.
Needless to say there was lots I missed, I will to go back for more, the rest of the collection and Mervyn Peake, coming soon, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.