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Tuesday 23 June, 2020

Walker Greenbank

Morris & Co collaboration with Ben Pentreath

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Walker Greenbank PLC
23 June 2020
 

 

23 June 2020

 

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WALKER GREENBANK PLC

("Walker Greenbank" or the "Company")

 

Morris & Co collaboration with Ben Pentreath

 

Walker Greenbank PLC  (AIM: WGB), the luxury interior furnishings group, is pleased to announce that its Morris & Co brand is collaborating with the sought-after interior designer, architect and William Morris enthusiast Ben Pentreath. The collaboration has produced an innovative collection of wallpapers and fabrics, which reinvent William Morris's original designs in completely new and bold colourways whilst remaining faithful to Morris & Co's traditional production methods.

 

The collection will be launched in September this year and named "Ben Pentreath's Queen Square Collection for Morris & Co", referencing the London address of Morris & Co's original factory and showroom.

 

All wallpapers in the collection are surface printed, to retain the authenticity of production of Morris & Co's factory of more than 100 years ago. The fabrics will be screen printed for intensity of colour on cotton/linen cloths to provide the closest match to cloth in archival Morris & Co pattern books.

 

To create the launch and pattern book photography, Ben Pentreath has redecorated his own home with Queen Square wallpapers and fabrics to showcase the collection's use in a real life setting.

 

Ben Pentreath said : "I've always loved the designs of William Morris, and we've used his superb, timeless papers and fabrics in many of our decoration projects over the years. So it was a wonderful experience to be let loose in the Morris & Co archive in developing this new collection. We've taken many original patterns, and recoloured them in a palette of my favourite colours, to cast his designs in a completely new light."

 

Lisa Montague, Walker Greenbank's Chief Executive Officer, said: "Ben Pentreath is one of the most respected and exciting designers in the UK and a devotee of William Morris. It has been a privilege to work with him on this new Morris & Co collection, which has reimagined William Morris designs in an entirely innovative way whilst retaining the heritage production values of Morris & Co. The collection will launch in September this year and has additional relevance during the uncertainties of Covid-19 as its authenticity demonstrates the permanence of good design and the enduring appeal of the Arts & Crafts movement."

 

For a high-resolution image of Ben Pentreath's Queen Square Collection for Morris & Co, please use the following link:  https://we.tl/t-6KtfodwRGC

 

 

For further information:

 

Walker Greenbank PLC

+44 (0) 1895 221068

Lisa Montague, Chief Executive Officer

Michael Williamson, Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

Investec Bank plc (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

+44 (0) 20 7597 5970

David Anderson / Henry Reast / Alex Wright

 

 

Buchanan

+44 (0) 20 7466 5000

Mark Court / Toto Berger / Charlotte Slater

 

 

Notes for editors:

 

About Walker Greenbank

 

Walker Greenbank PLC is a luxury interior furnishings company that designs, manufactures and markets wallpapers, fabrics and paints. In addition, the Company derives significant licensing income from the use of its designs on a wide range of interior products such as bed linen, rugs and tableware.

 

Walker Greenbank's brands include Zoffany, Sanderson, Morris & Co, Harlequin, Scion and Clarke & Clarke.

 

The Company has a strong UK manufacturing base, comprising a wallpaper factory in Loughborough and a fabric printing factory in Lancaster. Both factories manufacture for the Company and for other wallpaper and fabric brands.  

 

Walker Greenbank employs more than 650 people and its products are sold in more than 85 countries worldwide. It has showrooms in London, New York, Chicago, Paris and Dubai.

 

Walker Greenbank trades on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WGB.

 

For further information please visit: www.walkergreenbank.com  

 

 


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