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REDISCOVER THE DELIGHT OF PATTERN & COLOUR 

CORNUBIA BY BEN PENTREATH

Cornubia is the second collaboration between Morris & Co. and renowned architect and interior designer, Ben Pentreath. Named after the Latin for Cornwall, it’s a continuation of his design journey that began with the autumn/winter launch of Queen Square back in 2020. Now, Cornubia completes the seasons with a vibrant story of spring and summer. Sharing the unequivocal joy of familiarity, this collection is an interpretation of memories. Of sights, sounds, patterns and places. Of experiences and being together. The awakening of a budding landscape, sprinkled with bright greens, copper tipped reds, summer yellows and framed by a sparkling blue sea. Warmth, growth and a renewing of life.

Ben says, “I was keen to develop a range that had a different mood and atmosphere to Queen Square – perhaps sunnier and brighter. I began, therefore, with a whole new palette – colours which are on my mind at the moment: tangerine, lemon yellow, primrose, soft pinks, blues and bright apple greens – the colours of spring and summer. As we translated these new combinations into the historic patterns, there was a visible thrill in seeing how new and happy everything looked and felt! I was like a child in a candy store. Maybe intentional, maybe accidental, but these were the colours and patterns of my mid 70s childhood all over again.”

Ben continues, “In developing this collection, as with the last, there are two simultaneous excitements. The first is taking timeless and much-loved classics and casting them in a new light with new colours and combinations – but the second is in reviving old patterns that haven’t seen the light of day for too long. Of particular interest is the re-release of two large scale patterns that haven’t been in production for decades now – Merton (formerly ‘Eden’), and Woodland Weeds. These, together with the new colourings of Compton, make me happier than almost anything else I’ve seen this year.”

Featuring 18 fabrics and 18 wallpapers, Cornubia fills us with a welcoming nostalgia. Inspired by Ben’s proudly Cornish roots (that reach back to the 14th century), it almost symbiotically connects the importance of home and family, paralleling with all that Morris held dear. Cornubia has been styled by Ben at a beautifully preserved Arts & Crafts estate, clustered around an ancient bay with astonishing views over Cornwall’s southernmost coast. Photographed by visionary photographer, Antony Crolla, each image shares his own unique sense of atmosphere, showcasing iconic pattern like never before and bringing our magical SS22 collection to life.

 

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