...I could meet Lucienne Day in the Fifties, says Hayley Barrett, senior designer at Camira
The post-war Fifties, an age when the world had newfound optimism and everything seemed possible. New technologies in textiles and media allowed previously grey worlds to be splashed with celebratory colour. Designs were born more from creative instinct and observation rather than being guided by markets and trends.
I imagine conversations with designers such as Lucienne Day and Tibor Reich. Would they be surprised and perhaps flattered to learn that their designs are considered classics and sit seamlessly in today’s modern interiors? If they could spend a day with me at Camira, what new technologies would they like to explore and how would they contribute to our trend wall?
Born in 1971 I am classified as Generation X and feel privileged to have experienced both the analogue and digital worlds. I believe design with true longevity is to be found through balancing both. Switching off the white noise and ‘notifications’ to align one’s creative compass; collaborating with designers and creative thinkers in different fields; allowing ideas to be shaped by future technologies and become something better. If only...
Hayley has worked in the textile industry for 20 years and is Camira’s go-to colour specialist. Her career began designing high-end jacquard fabrics, working for 13 years at Whitley Willows, designing homeware textile accessories, including a mohair fashion cloth for Samuel Tweed that went into top fashion houses such as Prada and Gucci.