After one hundred and fifty years, William Morris designs of wallpapers continue to inspire interior architects and fashion designers. So, how can we use his heritage in a modern way? By printing his wallpaper designs on a big scale, and using his wallpapers, rugs in a modern surrounding?
Morris designed Pimpernel in 1876, it has a complex structure and swirling rhythms. It becomes very modern once printed on big scale. If this is to much for you, than you can use the classical wallpaper which is now available in 5 stunning colourways.
Arts & Crafts was all about using precious materials designed by skilled craftsmanship. Today we find young designers who don't want to make furniture that will be mass-produced, they prefer to create pieces that will become "classic" design pieces and will be as beautiful in 100 years in the future as it is now. Maarten De Ceulaer presented the Pile of Suitcases wardrobe at the Graduaton Galleries 2008 show at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Later he developed a complete collection around his design idea: variable compositions, steel profiles which kept the pile firmly together, leaving ample room for change.
Nature remains an amazing source of inspiration for colours, shapes. The Monarch rug from Sarah Burton's Folklore collection, is handwoven in silk, to capture the shimmering, hypnotic movement of this delicate motif.
Starting from the forms, we find in nature a subtle colour palette, pieces made with a lot of respect for the material. Refined details without adding them just for the design.
Understanding the techniques of the past to design something new. Martino Gampers Postmundus chair is a reinterpretation of a classical Thonet chair. He did research in the Mundus factory to understand the techniques used on classical bentwood chairs.
Hand sculpted legs, refined materials, combining materials and colours: The Artisan table of Romain Jeantet is innovative and at the same time would fit the traditional craftsmanship Morris was promoting.
Morris got influenced by gothic revival, medieval styles, and flora and fauna. The Thistle rug of Timorous Beasties would fit perfectly in one of his interiors: the strong dark lines make us think of wood sculpting.
Taking a classical painting as the starting point for a room, print it big to make a modern statement, dark walls will give a touch of drama to the room. Play with light: light falling through the coloured glass of a room divider, candle holders fixed on the wall. The Abalone chandelier will make it an intriguing story: abalone shells appoint the frame, with clear strands forming a crown around each shell to capture and reflect the light.
William Morris was most known for his wallpaper and fabric designs, but he also designed and made embroideries, tapestries and stained-glass. Camilla Richter'S "And A And B And Not" foldable room divider: light and shadow, reflection, transparency, distortion, revision and colours play in the object. A colourful impression, subtle to dynamic, and always depending on time and motion.
For William Morris it was important to understand first the way an object was made before he could start designing it. For Salvatore Franzese it is important to produce an object with his hands, as it is a projection of yourself, involving your head, heart and soul. He has developed a deep need of taking part of the generative process of his pieces.
Some of Morris most renowned and iconic designs are translated in a range of hand-crafted rugs. They come in 100% wool, a distinctive colour palette and they will give a touch of heritage even to the modern home
Let Morris inspire you, using his colour harmonies, taking his designs and combine them with modern furniture, blow-up the prints, re-colour.