Monday, October 26, 2009

Inspiration from William Morris

Last week I looked through a "History of Design" project that I did in school.  It reminded me that a.) really nothing is "new", but styles and trends just come and go; and b.) I love the thoughts and theories of William Morris. He was the father of the "Arts and Crafts" Movement, which reacted against the gaudy and cluttered Victorian styles in England. He championed function and simplicity of design and truth and honesty of materials used. My real inspiration comes not from Morris' designs, but his ideas.  So here are several quotes to sum up his philosophy. Some will surely be familiar.

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."

"If you cannot learn to love real art at least learn to hate sham art."
"The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life."

"Give me love and work - these two only."

"Not on one strand are all life's jewels strung."

And for some visual inspiration, below are some images of the varied work of Morris & Co. Enjoy!





You can find more on William Morris at Wikipedia, V&A Museum, or The Red House via the National Trust.

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