Collection

Cumbrae Table

Collection: When modernism goes bad

Category: Furniture

Date: Circa 1950's

Designer: Neil Morris

Nationality of Designer: Scottish

Manufacturer: Morris of Glasgow

Manufacturers Location: Glasgow

Material: grained Australian walnut with white sycamore trim

Abstract:

A table, originally conceived as a dining table

Adaptions/renovations:

None

Why it's in the Collection:

Morris of Glasgow, now known as Morris Furniture Group, is an iconic industry leading organisation. The Cumbrae series was launched in the 1950’s and demonstrates designer Neil Morris’ technique in the application of laminated wood. It also represents the increasingly refined style of British post-war design, where the emphasis was placed on efficient design to reduce the amount of material required for production.

About the Designer/Maker:

Neil Morris was the son of Harris Morris, founder of Morris of Glasgow. He joined the company in 1938, succeeded his father, and was in turn succeeded by his son, as director of the firm. His remarkable achievement resides in his ability to be both a successful director of an established company while simultaneously producing and commissioning many of the designs which built the reputation of the firm within the domestic sector.

About the Manufacturer:

Morris Furniture Group was founded in 1884 and has remained consistently innovative throughout its active years. It has expanded rapidly, taking on projects as diverse as furnishing and fitting both the RMS Queen Elizabeth and RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, and producing the seats for cinemas where the Jazz Singer, the first film to feature synchronized dialogue sequences, was screened, in 1927. During the post-war period it built its reputation as a domestic furnisher and still attempts to cater for a broad audience of both luxury and affordable furniture for the domestic and professional environment.