Putting the Co. in Morris & Co.

The Magnificent Makers

Friends, collaborators, comrades—all are welcome in this quintessentially ‘Morris & Co.’ fabric and wallpaper collection, which celebrates the makers of Morris & Co., some renowned, some lesser-known, from radical beginnings to the present day. 

Morris & Co., or Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. as it was first known in 1861, has always been a home for the brightest creative talents of the age. Synonymous with pioneering figure William Morris, the brand has seen scores of inventive craftswomen and men who have each left an indelible mark on British design. 

Paying homage to a creative stream that spans over 160 years, Morris & Friends features 21 wallpaper and 23 fabric designs, including embroideries, tapestries and velvets, drawn from a portfolio of work by icons such as J.H. Dearle (1859-1932) and Edward Godwin (1833-1886).

Morris & Friends also celebrates the under-recognised work of 19th-century women artists such as Kate Faulkner (1841-1898), May Morris (1862-1938), and Kathleen Kersey (active in the early 20th century). These accomplished women of Morris & Co. now come to the fore in rich colour, alongside the work of Dearle, Godwin, Morris himself and the incomparable talents of today’s studio designers, in a celebratory collection of magnificent makers and their glorious designs.

Of the collection, Jessica Clayworth, Lead Designer, Morris & Co., says, “These women designers were just as skilled as the men but, sadly, sat in the background at the time. Morris & Friends celebrates these talented artists and their beautiful works alongside well-recognised best-selling designs. There is familiarity, paired with new additions, such as J. H Dearle’s Helena, a seamlessly intricate design. This is a story of celebration, where we can uplift and recognise the ‘Co’ in Morris & Co., a brand of many talented makers.”


posted on 08 Apr 2024 in Interiors

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