Fabric Crush: Penny Morrison
Meet the multi-talented Penny Morrison, the creative force behind UK-based Penny Morrison Interiors and Fabrics, as well as one-half of Irving & Morrison. South African by birth, Morrison is unbound by English tradition and known for marrying classical elements with inspired worldly motifs. Read on to learn where she sources inspiration, what’s next for her collection, and more.
You are both an interior designer and a fabric designer—and a very talented one at that! How did you find yourself in the world of interiors?
As a child growing up in South Africa, I was influenced by my mother’s love of pretty things, and coming to the UK opened up such a wealth of beautiful buildings, fabrics, and antiques. Before I married I went every weekend to Portobello Road and collected vintage textiles, objets, and small antiques.
Can you tell us about the progression to fabric design?
For 11 years, I decorated the Ile de France Hotel in St Barths, and when I first started this project I could not find any suitable fabrics so decided to design my own—linens, breezy and faded, which could work well in the beachy sunny environment.
"Ashok" Fabric in Pink
"Kenil" Fabric in Pink
"Andean Stripe" Fabric in Lilac
"Indira Stripe" Fabric in Pink
You have honed such a beautiful, almost muddied color palette. What draws you to these softer tones?
I am not really a fan of primary colors— I have always felt that slightly “off colors” are much chicer and easier to use and live with.
"Bolton" Fabric in Brown
“Athens” Fabric in Taupe
"Inca Stripe" Fabric in Brown
“Ashok” Fabric in Chocolate
What materials and techniques do you use to produce your fabrics? And where are they produced?
My fabrics are all linen and are woven in Scotland, and they are hand screen printed in London.
What’s exciting you most in the world of fabrics as of late? Are there any trends, colors, or designs you’re especially loving?
I think a mix of interesting African-inspired geometrics and a return to the floral chintzes so popular in the seventies and eighties are a great relief after of too many years of beige.
"Arabella" Fabric in Red
"Anni" Fabric in Red
"Haveli" Fabric in Red
"Killi" Fabric in Red
What’s next for your fabric collection?
I am working on a few diverse printed designs and a new range of weaves, which will be launched early next year.
"Aspa" Fabric in Petrol
"Hemant" Fabric in Blue Black
"Athens" Fabric in Blue
"Berri" Fabric in Petrol
"Malika" Fabric in Duck Egg
"Diamond Chunky" Fabric in Green
"Karlstad" Fabric in Beige/Pink
"Lucknow" Fabric in Green
"Lucknow Stripe" Fabric in Red
"Karlstad" in Blue/Red
"Malika" Fabric in Pink
"Helena" Fabric in Pink
"Malika" Fabric in Charcoal
"Luma" Fabric in Indigo
"Kenil" Fabric in Indigo
Check out a recent furniture makeover using Penny Morrison’s “Ashok” fabric HERE.
Interested in using one of Penny’s fabrics on your next upholstery project?