Events & Lectures

Friday, 21 October 2016

Morris & Co. and the Sanderson Connection

An entertaining & informative illustrated talk by Micheal Parry

Interest in the remarkable, artistic talents of William Morris has never been more popular than in recent years. Furthermore, the authority that Morris & Co. brings to the marketplace is not only one of character but creative innovation and incomparable style that either appeals or repels. Be that as it may, the influence of Morris today stands head and shoulders above all rivals bearing in mind the specialist nature of his medieval/gothic signature.


Morris was possibly the greatest single influence on the Arts & Crafts Movement and probably the most successful textile and wallpaper designer of his day. Morris looked to the past to create images of the moment so it’s not surprising that, today, designers are following his same thought process.


Just imagine if your name, your brand and the designs you had created were in such great demand one and a half centuries after the foundation of your business. I wonder how many other designers will still be remembered 155 years from now?

Wallpaper printing was the only craft that eluded Morris so, in 1864, he entrusted the entire portfolio of designs to Jeffrey & Co. who continued to print the Morris & Co. wallpapers until 1927 when the Jeffrey & Co. production was relocated to Arthur Sanderson & Sons manufacturing unit in Chiswick. The rest is history.


William Morris’s enduring legacy continues to inspire, reassured by a commitment not to reinvent his iconic brand. No other interior company has remained so true to its heritage.



Michael Parry trained as an interior designer during the 1960s, working for various companies including Heals of London. In 1971 he joined Arthur Sanderson as an Interior Designer; various promotions followed and by 1984 Michael was Sanderson’s Director of Design. He revived the Morris & Co. brand and developed the Morris & Co. collection of wallpapers, fabrics and paints. In 2003 he was appointed Managing Director of Sanderson and Morris & Co., and since 2005 has acted as Archivist and Consultant to Morris & Co. and Sanderson. Michael has delivered talks throughout the world, and has recently published Morris & Co: A Revolution in Decoration 

Time: Doors open at 6.00 pm; talk starts at 6.30 pm

Location: Morris Memorial Hall, Kelmscott

General Admission: £10.00 per person including a glass of wine or soft drink.

Members Admission: Free for Friends of Kelmscott Manor

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