One of the founders of the Arts and Crafts movement, William Morris (British, 1834–1896) created beautiful, handcrafted household objects that elevated decorative pieces to the realm of fine art. A prolific designer of densely patterned textiles and wallpapers, Morris used nature for his inspiration, seeking to “turn a room into a bower, a refuge.” Our beautiful magnets feature details from six Morris & Company designs in the Museum’s Collection.
1 each of 6 designs. Glass. Gift boxed. Box: 5 1/4''L x 4 7/8''W x 1 5/8''D; magnets: 1 1/2'' diam.
- 1 each of 6 designs
- Gift boxed
- Box: 5 1/4''L x 4 7/8''W x 1 5/8''D; magnets: 1 1/2'' diam.
Art HistoryOne of the most influential designers of Victorian England, William Morris (British, 1834–1896) was fascinated and inspired by the legends of King Arthur, the writings of Chaucer, and all things medieval. He even modeled the structure of his creative enterprises after the medieval guild system. One of his missions was to break the barrier between fine and decorative art, a goal he accomplished by turning his design talents to everything from murals and stained glass to furniture, wallpaper, and textiles. His work helped launch the Arts and Crafts movement in England and paved the way for the era of modern design.