Sunday, August 5, 2018
V&A Pattern: William Morris Hardcover – September 1, 2009 by Linda Parry (Victoria & Albert Museum)
This is a lovely little book. Seriously, it's design is sleek and the black band you see across the front is just a bit of paper that comes off easily to reveal a hardcover of one of Morris' wallpaper designs. There is even a ribbon bookmark built in! There is little fuss, it gets into pattern after beautiful pattern in full page spreads with a small space for information on each piece. I expected something awkward and ugly to house the CD, but its built in in the back in a subtle and attractive way. The CD has high res copies of each image, so it's actually a very good resource for visual artists.
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is the world’s greatest museum of art and design, with a vast collection that been an unparalleled resource for designers for 150 years.
This new series of pattern books presents the range of the V&A’s superb collections. Beautifully designed, accessible, and informative, these little books are a repository of ideas and inspiration for designers of all kinds. Included in each volume is a CD of all the images shown within--to be redrawn, reworked, or even licensed for further use. The books are available individually or in a beautiful decorative slipcase.
William Morris's world-famous designs possess a timeless quality and appeal that is surprising in work created over 120 years ago. He began designing patterns in the 1860s, for his own use and as part of an effort to improve the general standards of decorative design.