William Morris @ Focus, Design Week in the Harbour!
“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris
We loved the new space that Style Library had transformed into a pop-up celebration of William Morris. Expanding the brand out of its existing home allowed for a full explosion and exploration of pattern and colour over fabrics, wallpaper and furniture.
The guys even had the lovely ‘Dave’, a true craftsman, using and showing us original printing blocks and how to use! that William Morris would have utilised for his iconic patterns. I even had a go at printing myself, using the blocks! And how ‘manual labour’! traditional methods are. I could not believe the weight of the tools and intricacy of trying to position and place by eye alone. What an art!
Designs are still iconic, timeless and stand the test of time. Style Library as custodians of the original company founded my Morris, ‘Morris & Co’, ensure his legacy lives on. By continuing the aesthetic ethos, he started, with inspiration from archival designs and new collections respecting all influences of Morris’s life and works. New collections sit and work alongside loved classics very well indeed. The design studio ensures that craftmanship and re-editions of iconic patterns stay true to Morris, this great designer from the Arts and Crafts Movement.
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