WILLIAM MORRIS – MORE THAN FLORAL WALLPAPER

By on July 8, 2018

In the exhibition, his life and deed are presented through artwork, wallpaper, fabrics and furniture. It is the story of a successful businessman and manufacturer, who at the same time was a burning socialist.

Ask someone in your neighborhood who William Morris is and you are likely to get an insecure smile to answer. Then ask if the person knows Morristapeter and probably shines the person up and answers: “Oh, I love floral Morris wallpaper!”

The design of William Morris, like fabrics and wallpaper, is highly appreciated in Sweden, but few know the man behind the patterns. In his native Britain, on the other hand, he is a national monument. As the central person in the English Arts and Crafts movement, he has also left a rich legacy and there are several museum-based homes where William Morris furnishings are preserved.

William Morris (1834-1896) was a real multicolor who, during his 62-year-old life, devoted himself to such diverse things as art, architecture, preservation of old buildings, as well as design and crafts. He was the author of novels and poetry, he started book publishing and designed fonts. He was interested in Icelandic stories that he translated into English. He was a socialist but also a successful entrepreneur and businessman.

All William Morris different deductions tended to create a better and more beautiful world for people. In protest against Victorian society, which was conservative but at the same time changed due to industrialization, Morris wanted to guard craftsmanship, small-scale manufacturing, dignified living conditions, and socialist struggle for justice and equality.

The exhibition is a collaboration with William Morris gallery, William Morris Society and Style Library in London and produced by Millesgården.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Lidingö
MyGuide2Stockholm

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