It is the launch the interiors world has been waiting for ever since it was first rumoured that such creativity was afoot. I don’t think it would be overcooking it to say that The Queen Square Collection between Morris & Co and architectural design and interior decorator Ben Pentreath is one of the most exciting interior brand collaborations in recent times. The collection of 18 recoloured William Morris wallpaper and 18 fabric designs has been styled and photographed at Ben’s beautiful and famously ‘grammed Dorset rectory.
The genius of William Morris designs is that they never date and can be used in both contemporary and traditional settings. They continue to delight and reassure us for their stylish homeliness and connection to nature. Now with Ben Pentreath’s vision, the designs are going to not only receive a new audience but I suspect a reacquaintance and falling in love with William Morris designs generally.
William Morris thread
Even with the vagaries of interior fashion, a thread of William Morris design has woven its way through our homes for the best part of a century. The designs are a favourite with set decorators from television (EastEnders, Berlin Babylon) to film (My Fair Lady, Red Joan) as well as with interior designers and home makers.
Queen Square collection
The Queen Square collection is named after the square in Bloomsbury that housed the first Morris & Co factory and showroom. It also happens to be the area where Ben Pentreath lives when he is in London.
Morris new colours
The amount of new colourways in the new collection depends on the design but just to give you an idea, you can look forward to five in the Willow Bough design: Pink/Leaf Green, Sky/Leaf Green, Bitter Chocolate (which I have my eye on), Tomato/Olive and a 1970s-inspired Olive/Turquoise and one new colourway in Blackthorn called Autumn.
The new Queen Square Collection by Morris & Co at The Style Library launched on 15 September 2020.
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