Fabric Crush: Penny Morrison

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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.

Penny Morrison Interior Designer

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

Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Ashok in Pink
Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Kenil in Pink

"Kenil" Fabric in Pink

"Andean Stripe" Fabric in Lilac

Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Andean Stripe in Lilac
Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Indira Stripe in Pink

"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

Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric |  Bolton in Brown

"Athens" Fabric in Taupe

Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric |  Athens in Taupe

"Inca Stripe" Fabric in Brown

Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric |  Inca Vertical Stripe in Brown

"Ashok" Fabric in Chocolate

Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Ashok in Brown
 

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

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Penny Morrision Fabric | Anni in Red

"Anni" Fabric in Red

"Haveli" Fabric in Red

Penny Morrison Fabric | Haveli in Red colorway
Penny Morrision Fabric | Killi 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.

We recently revitalized an antique armchair in an exquisite "Ashok" linen fabric by Penny Morrison—check out the before and after here.

Love Penny Morrison's fabric too? Get in touch here for design guidance or here to get an upholstery quote. 

"Aspa" Fabric in Petrol

Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Aspa in Petrol
Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Hemant in Blue Black

"Hemant" Fabric in Blue Black

"Athens" Fabric in Blue

Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Athens in Blue
Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Berri in Petrol

"Berri" Fabric in Petrol

 

"Malika" Fabric in Duck Egg

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Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Diamond Chunky in green

"Diamond Chunky" Fabric in Green

"Karlstad" Fabric in Beige/Pink

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Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Lucknow in green

"Lucknow" Fabric in Green

 

"Lucknow Stripe" Fabric in Red

Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Lucknow Stripe in Red
Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Karlstad in Blue/Red

"Karlstad" in Blue/Red

"Malika" Fabric in Pink

Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Malika in Pink
Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Helena in Pink

"Helena" Fabric in Pink

 

"Malika" Fabric in Charcoal

Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Malika in Charcoal

"Luma" Fabric in Indigo

Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Luma in Indigo
Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric | Jamawar

"Jamawar" Fabric

Penny Morrison Upholstery Fabric |  Kenil in Indigo

"Kenil" Fabric in Indigo

 

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