William Morris
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Before Roycroft and Stickley. Before the term "mission-style" increased the price of anything with slats, there was the English Arts and Crafts movement, there was William Morris. William Morris was born on March 24, 1834 to a well-to-do family. He was an English craftsman, poet, and early socialist, whose designs generated the Arts and Crafts Movement in the later half of the1900th century. William Morris is best known for his wallpapers and textiles. In the 1860s Morris revolutionized the art of house decoration and furniture in England after founding the firm of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. The Firm's early commercial success was largely based on simple furniture, such as the so-called "Morris Chair,” an adjustable-back armchair designed about 1866. This chair was widely copied, notably by Gustav Stickley at his Craftsman’s Workshops in Grand Rapids; U.S.A Morris defined art as "the expression by man of his pleasure in labor". In the Middle Ages art, according to him, artists were plain workmen. The things which are today's museum pieces, where common things earlier. Art should become this again Morris thought. In 1877 Morris, to whom the environmentalists and preservationists of today owe an enormous debt, founded The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, and gave his first public lecture, on "The Decorative Arts."
 
Our Morris Chairs
In most of the ocean view rooms guest will find solid oak Morris Chairs with matching ottomans inspired by the simple designs from the 1860’s. These solid oak chairs have leather cushions and four reclining positions. Our Morris chairs are known for their clean sloping arms and sturdy frame. The mission style slats are influenced by Gustov Stickley.
 
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