Putting the ‘F’ in Arts and Crafts

Words:
Jan-Carlos Kucharek

Crafted cubicles at William Morris Gallery

Set up as a testament to the Arts & Crafts movement’s pivotal role in the history of British modernism, Walthamstow’s William Morris Gallery, housed in Morris’ grade II* listed former home, completed its £3.5m refurbishment at the end of 2012 and won the Art Fund’s ‘Museum of the Year’ award last year. Part of the work included refurbishing eight washrooms. Architect Pringle Richards Sharratt worked with Formica Group’s Younique service to create customised visuals printed on Formica laminate for the walls and partitions – all inspired by the fabrics of the great designer. The result is cubicles that allow users to study the intricacy of Morris’ work at exploded scale; and if necessary, at leisure. 

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