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William Morris: Decor and Design
     

William Morris: Decor and Design

by Elizabeth Wilhide, William Morris (Artist)
 

William Morris, one of the most influential designers of the 19th century and an important figure in the Arts and Craft movement, is revisited in this inspirational interior design guide. Rich natural colors, liquid floral patterns, light airy rooms and simple wooden furniture are all radical principles of the Arts and Crafts movement, and are also the

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William Morris, one of the most influential designers of the 19th century and an important figure in the Arts and Craft movement, is revisited in this inspirational interior design guide. Rich natural colors, liquid floral patterns, light airy rooms and simple wooden furniture are all radical principles of the Arts and Crafts movement, and are also the fundamentals of most modern décor. There has never been a better time for introducing Morris designs into the home. Illustrated with a wide range of historical and contemporary decorative schemes, this practical and inspirational guide suggests simple and cost-effective ways of creating an interior décor that aspires to purity, color and craftsmanship, as defined by William Morris. Chapters provide information on pattern-matching, wall and window treatments, floor coverings, tiles and furnishings, so that a "Morris style" can be extended to whatever degree of authenticity desired. A comprehensive suppliers' list details where to buy Morris and Co. fabrics and wallpapers, and Arts and Crafts furnishings, while an illustrated glossary containing 60 of the best-known designs allows for easy pattern selection and identification.

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Library Journal
Morris (1834-96) was an amazing figure, an accomplished painter, poet, translator, weaver, and typographer; a designer of stained glass, tiles, carpets, furniture, and tapestries; and a socialist organizer. Wilhide focuses on Morris's zeal to ``Bring art back into people's lives'' via his stunning wallpapers and furnishings, which drastically changed late 19th-century English interiors. While the book is well written and researched, its special appeal is the inclusion of numerous lush photos of historic rooms decorated by Morris & Co., along with contemporary rooms decorated from current sources. For the decorator or renovator interested in achieving the Arts and Crafts style, there is an illustrated glossary of current suppliers, dealers, and collections. An essential companion to William Morris by Himself (Little, Brown, 1988) and Linda Parry's William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement (Portland House, 1989). Highly recommended for public and academic li braries.-- Joseph Hewgley, Nashville P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810936232
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1991
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 10.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Elizabeth Wilhide was born in the United States and has lived in England since the l960s. She is a leading expert on interior design and has written numerous books on the subject, including Eco, Lighting: A Design Source Book, New Loft Living, and The Ultimate House Book.

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