While lamenting the excesses of mass-production, in 1861 William Morris set up the firm of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Company. Soon it was producing a comprehensive range of goods, from hand-woven tapestries, carpets and printed textiles to stained glass, metalwork and furniture.
What the company offered was not just a style eagerly embraced by a swathe of the populace, from country house to suburbia, but quite simply a way of life. `There is no excuse', Morris wrote, `for doing anything which is not strikingly beautiful.'
Today, Morris's designs are more widely appreciated than ever, and his profound and radical ideas about taste, style and function continue to inform modern interior design. In the history of the decorative arts there has never been another designer who has achieved such lasting impact.
This book celebrates William Morris’s genius, presenting a thorough overview of his life and career, while setting out his guiding principles so that a modern audience can recreate the Arts & Crafts style in their own homes.
A series of case studies explores six contemporary houses – from a modern London townhouse to a traditional Arts & Crafts home in Massachusetts – that have followed and adapted Morris’s dicta, brilliantly demonstrating how the style can be applied to our environment today.
The book concludes with a comprehensive style-sourcing section, as well as a gazetteer of places to visit for inspiration.
|Lager status||På lager|
|Illustrationer:||Photos in colour and black/white|
|Mål (BxH) i cm:||23.5 x 29|
|Forlag:||Thames & Hudson|
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