Sample of “Pineapples” furnishing fabric, designed by Lewis Foreman Day
This sample of glazed cotton cretonne furnishing fabric was designed by Lewis Foreman Day (b.1845 d.1910). Day was an influential designer, critic and artist who combined the design principles of the Arts & Crafts Movement with industrial production methods. From the 1870s to his death in 1910 he was Artistic Director of the printing firm Turnbull & Stockdale Ltd. Under his direction they commissioned designs from many Arts & Crafts designers, both well known and obscure.
This particular design, known as “Pineapples” is one of Day’s more traditional designs although the colour palette draws inspiration from the reds and blues used in Indian chintz fabrics.