William Morris – Designer of the famous Morris chair / Lombards Fine Furniture, Columbus, Ohio
Who was William Morris?
Although not trained as an architect, William Morris had a profound influence on building design. Leading the Arts & Crafts Movement, Morris became famous for his wall coverings, stained glass, carpets, and tapestries. William Morris was also a painter, poet, political publisher, typeface designer, and furniture-maker.
Originally designed at the English studio of William Morris in the mid-1860′s, the Morris chair as it became known, was quickly translated by American manufacturers into every furniture design known to mankind. Rococo, Greek, Victorian, Early American, and hybrids comprising elements of all were common in the last two decades of the 19th Century.
Naturally as the Arts and Crafts Movement gained acceptance, a Morris style reclining chair would be required. Gustav Stickley honored William Morris dedicating the first issue of the Craftsman Magazine to him. However, Gustav Stickley did not call his reclining chairs by the Morris name in his catalogs naming them simply -Reclining Chair-. The public had already popularized the Morris chair and the name was in use decades before Stickley even started making furniture.
With choices of different finishes, frames, cushion styles, recliners or with an ottoman Stickley has many versions of the Morris chair for you to choose from. Come in to Lombards Fine Furniture to test one out.