Launch of Historic partnership between Emery Walker’s House and Morris & Co.

Images above: The Emery Walker’s House Collection brings an organic, decorative aesthetic to modern interiors

Partnership celebrates friendship and collaboration

By Lucinda MacPherson

Emery Walker’s House and Morris & Co. have launched a collection of textiles and wallpapers inspired by close friendships and creative collaborations evident within the Emery Walker House museum in Hammersmith.

The Emery Walker’s House Collection continues the personal connection between the Walker family and the Morris family and their eponymous business by offering design enthusiasts a chance to introduce its Arts & Crafts aesthetic into their own homes.

Morris fans across the world will be able to buy four brand new patterns and six historic designs reintroduced after decades of lying dormant in the archives.

Image above: The Dining Room at Emery Walker’s House

Number 7 Hammersmith Terrace is the perfect example of an Arts & Craft interior, with its charm rooted in a feeling of visiting an authentic Victorian home. Unlike many house museums, it has not been curated, rather kept just as it was when the Walkers lived there, packed with furniture and furnishings designed by and often given to the family from their artistic circle of friends.

The furnishings in particular are influenced by William Morris, a close, friend, colleague and collaborator of the printer and typographer, Sir Emery Walker.

Morris lived close by in Kelmscott House on Hammersmith Mall, visiting Emery daily and seeking his expert advice on Morris’s final great work, the Kelmscott Press. His daughter, the designer May Morris, lived and worked in the same riverside road at number eight Hammersmith Terrace.

These Arts & Crafts luminaries extolled the quality of Medieval craftsmanship and their designs were often inspired by nature.

The orginal, hand-blocked Willow wallpaper in the Dining Room at Emery Walker’s House, for instance, evokes flora lining the river Thames, and its distinctive bubble backdrop and dense leaf design has now been reimagined in both original and new colourways.

Image above: Bird textile with Wallflower wallpaper in the background

The blue Bird tapestry, thought to have orginally hung in Morris’s own home, but which now dominates one wall in the Dining Room has been updated in four wallpaper colourways and two textiles.

The Emery Walker’s House Collection includes fabrics inspired by two of May Morris’s star pieces at the house, including the bedcover, lovingly designed and stitched by May’s skillful hands especially for Emery’s ailing wife.

Image above: May Morris coverlet at the house

The intricate Millefleurs design displays floral sprigs framed by Elizabethan Lovers’ knots and was made using a variety of stitches on camel-coloured felted wool serge. It was one of the Walker family’s most treasured possession, serving as a pall on the coffins of Emery, his daughter Dorothy, and finally, her companion Elizabeth de Haas.

Despsite being over 100 years old, these timeless classics have now been recreated in innovative ways by Morris & Co. inviting home owners to bring the best of nature from outside into their contemporary interiors.

Images above: L – R  Emery Walker’s Portrait stares out from Wallflower wallpaper backdrop in the drawing room; The Emery Walker’s House Collection features trailing florals and foliage in William Morris’s signature Arts & Crafts style

Discover more about the inspiration behind the collection by visiting Emerywalker.org.uk  where you can find out about the house’s live and online talks this spring and prebook a visit.

The house reopens in March for small, guided tours on Thursdays and Saturdays,  but if you can’t wait, take a virtual tour with myself, Lucinda MacPherson showing Bridget Osborne and the film crew at The Chiswick Calendar round the house a few years ago.

Video shot by Ward Scott, presented by Lucinda MacPherson, produced by Bridget Osborne 

The entire Emery Walker’s House collection and stockists can be found at morrisandco.sandersondesigngroup.com

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