Design Onscreen—The Initiative for Architecture and Design on Film announces the UK premiere screening of its latest documentary, Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne and Robin Day. The seventy-five-minute film premieres at 1900 on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Hochauser Auditorium. A question and answer session with V&A Design Curator Christopher Wilk and Director Murray Grigor will follow the screening. To purchase tickets, call 020 7942 2211 or visit www.vam.ac.uk/tickets
About the Film
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.
About the Filmmakers
Director Murray Grigor is a Scottish filmmaker, writer and curator renowned for his films on architecture and design. His first film, on Charles Rennie Mackintosh, won five international awards, and he has since co-authored The Architects’ Architect on Mackintosh’s international influence. Grigor’s other award-winning films include groundbreaking documentaries on Frank Lloyd Wright, Robert Adam and John Soane, and the landmark PBS series Pride of Place with Robert Stern. His most recent film, Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner, has been a festival favorite since its premiere in 2008 at UCLA’s Hammer Museum.
Cinematographer/Producer Hamid Shams has served as director, cinematographer and/or producer for numerous television commercials, music videos and short and feature documentary/narrative films, including Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner, Tie-Died: Rock ’n Roll’s Most Dedicated Fans, and Painting the Town—all of which received highly favorable reviews for cinematography in major newspapers and festivals around the US and Europe.
About Design Onscreen
Design Onscreen is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to producing, promoting and preserving high-quality films on architecture and design. Founded in 2007 by Denver documentary enthusiasts Jill A. Wiltse and H Kirk Brown III, Design Onscreen’s documentaries on architecture include: William Krisel, Architect (screened at LA’s Getty Center in April 2010), Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler (2009; Audience Award Winner at the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival) and Desert Utopia: Midcentury Architecture in Palm Springs (2009). Another Design Onscreen film, Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes (2009), premiered in May 2009 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Art and Design. Please visit www.designonscreen.org/about for more information.
About The Victoria & Albert Museum
The V&A is the world’s greatest museum of art and design, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity, and with 3000 years’ worth of amazing artefacts from many of the world’s richest cultures including ceramics, furniture, fashion, glass, jewellery, metalwork, photographs, sculpture, textiles and paintings. Victoria and Albert Museum is located at Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL.