William Morris and Morris & Co.

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“Have nothing in your house which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”—William MorrisWilliam Morris's wallpaper, carpets, and other textile designs are as popular today as they were when he created them in the late 1880s. One of the most influential figures in the history of the decorative arts, Morris (1834– 1896) challenged the mass-production methods of the industrial revolution and launched the revival of handcrafted work that became known as the Arts and Crafts movement. His firm, Morris & Co, created wood furniture, ...
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Overview

“Have nothing in your house which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”—William MorrisWilliam Morris's wallpaper, carpets, and other textile designs are as popular today as they were when he created them in the late 1880s. One of the most influential figures in the history of the decorative arts, Morris (1834– 1896) challenged the mass-production methods of the industrial revolution and launched the revival of handcrafted work that became known as the Arts and Crafts movement. His firm, Morris & Co, created wood furniture, hand-woven tapestries, embroideries, printed textiles, woven fabrics, stained glass, tiles, and block-printed wallpapers, many of which are still being produced—by the same methods—more than a century later. This new book shows how to incorporate Morris's designs and theories into contemporary interiors. Carefully chosen photographs show a wide variety of rooms using Morris designs, and include details of individual textile and wallpaper patterns. Inspired by nature and featuring soft, pure colors, Morris's designs are classics, still relevant and stylish in today's interiors.

Author Bio: Lucia van der Post is a well-known writer and editor specializing in interior design, luxury goods, and travel. She writes frequently for the Financial Times and other newspapers and magazines around the world. Linda Parry is a leading expert on Morris and the general editor of Abrams' William Morris.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810966123
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Acknowledgements vi
Introduction 2
1 Craft 10
2 Colour 18
3 Honesty 38
4 Pattern 50
5 Nature 62
6 Legend 74
Further Reading 86
Picture Credits 87
Index 89
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