William Morris's Flowers
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500480458, $19.95, HC, 144pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: A leading figure of the Arts and Crafts Movement, William Morris (1834-1896) is one of the best-known and most popular of all British designers. A passionate advocate of craftsmanship over mass production, he designed a huge variety of objects, but it is his spectacular carpet, fabric, and wallpaper patterns that have continued to capture the popular imagination and influence interior designers and the decorative arts. Around six hundred such designs are attributed to Morris, most of which are based on nature, including trees, plants, and flowers.
Compiled with commentary by Rowan Bain (Senior Curator at the William Morris Gallery), "William Morris's Flowers" is a beautifully designed, little volume that offers a wealth of designs by Morris where flowers are the principal motif. The text traces the origins of Morris's flower-based...