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.
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.
The painted wall panels feature gold backgrounds and botanical designs.
These angelic figures are showing us how to be useful and industrious while keeping our robes nice and clean.
I can happily sit in this room and sip my coffee any day. It’s been proven.