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Morris Room at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The Morris Room at the Victoria & Albert Museum is one of the most accessible ways to immerse yourself in the full Morris effect. The room was the work of Morris and Co., with windows by Edward Burne-Jones, an artist and close friend of William Morris, and Philip Webb, the architect who designed Morris’s Red House out in Bexleyheath.

William Morris dining room at the V&A, London

William Morris dining room at the V&A, London

They call this the Green Room, and while the decoration is incomparable, it’s also quite a dark room, not the colours you see designers employing today. Morris and his friends were fond of the medieval – anything medieval, real or imagined – and I suppose this dark, introspective colour scheme is part of the overall mood they wanted to conjure up.

Stained glass window at Victoria & Albert Museum

Stained glass window at Victoria & Albert Museum

The painted wall panels feature gold backgrounds and botanical designs.

 

Detail of stained glass in Morris room, V&A

Detail of stained glass in Morris room, V&A

These angelic figures are showing us how to be useful and industrious while keeping our robes nice and clean.

 

The painted gold panels on the wall are another rich touch

The painted gold panels on the wall are another rich touch

I can happily sit in this room and sip my coffee any day. It’s been proven.

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    Barbara Bell
    November 13, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I’ve had tea there, and it is truly dark – but very special to one who reveres Morris!

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