Happy Birthday William Morris (& a Free Download)
“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” — William Morris
This chair is (clearly) far more in the Arts & Crafts vein than 1860s adjustable-back Victorian chairs produced by Morris & Co. (from a design by Sussex carpenter Ephraim Colman) – but it is undeniably the style we think of today when we think “Morris Chair.” (I also think it more beautiful than the somewhat fussy original.)
The Shop of the Crafters was a Cincinnati company that had European design influences, for example the inlay often used on its work, which is more prevalent in English Arts & Crafts work than American pieces (you can download a copy of the company’s 1906 catalog here) or visit the Cincinnati Art Museum to see some of the work in person (there are a few pieces shown from that collection in this blog post from Chris).
And by the by, Chris’s chair is the cover piece for “Popular Woodworking’s Arts & Crafts Furniture, 2nd edition,” – we added 17 projects (there now are 42 total) to the original, 2008 collection.