Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
-- -William Morris

According to Wikiquote on William Morris, this often quoted statement was made by William Morris at ""The Beauty of Life," a lecture before the Birmingham Society of Arts and School of Design (19 February 1880), later published in Hopes and Fears for Art: Five Lectures Delivered in Birmingham, London, and Nottingham, 1878 - 1881 (1882)".

William Morris (1834-1896) was a nineteenth century designer, artist and writer. He was a poet, designed stained glass and tapestries. Mr. Morris was a founder and partner in the firm of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. This firm produced furniture, stained glass, tapestries, metal and glass work, carpets and more.

Frank Lloyd Wright was influenced by Mr. Morris' designs.

Mr. Morris was not formally trained as an architect. He participated in many different forms of design including wallpaper, typeface and poetry.


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