History

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Key Milestones

  • 1904
  • Morris Furniture formed
  • 1920's
  • 1924 - Fitting out of Gleneagles Hotel
  • 1930's
  • 1934 - Fitting out Cunard Liner 'Queen Mary'
    1938 - Fitting out Cunard Liner 'Queen Elizibeth'
  • 1940's
  • 1939 - 1945 - The war years - Manufacture of Enfield Rifle butts, Mosquito jettison tanks, ammunition boxes, stabilisers for barrage balloons, cluster carriers and helicopter blades
    1949 - Glasgow's Royal Wedding Gift - 14 piece bedroom suite designed by Neil Morris and produced from sycamore grown on the Balmoral estate
  • 1950's
  • 1960's
  • 1967 - Fitting out Cunard Liner 'QE2'
  • 1970's
  • 1973 - Third generation - Robert Morris joins the company
  • 1980's
  • 1990's
  • 1992 - Moved to a new 280,000 sq. ft. factory at Castlemilk, Glasgow
    1992 - Conception of the Office Furniture division
    1996 - Acquisition of GPlan cabinets
    1999 - Launch of Beautility company
    1999 - Moved into 35 acres of 700,000 sq. ft. factory
    1999 - Launch of seating division
  • 2000-2010
  • 2001 - New 1,000,000 sq. ft factory build complete
    2002 - Launch of Morris Groundforce - recycling aggregates
    2003 - Launch of Relaxateeze
    2003 - Relaunch of Beautility as Zone
    2005 - Acquisition of Homestyle
    2006 - Acquisition of Roc Office and Diamik
    2010 - Morris relocated to new premises in 89 Southcroft Road, Glasgow

Furnishing the world over 3 centuries 

The Morris Furniture Group has enjoyed a rich and successful history spanning three generations of the Morris family. Born in the late 1800's Harris Morris steered the Morris Furniture Company through production of a diverse range of products. Catering for some of the most prestegious hotels to Cunard luxury ocean liners, cinema seats, domestic and office products, Morris Furniture also provided a valuable contribution throughout the second world war (1939-45) producing a range of items necessary for the war effort. What ever time period, Morris Furniture has proved to be a valuable, flexible and consistent business. Showing our ablity to adjust and react not only to the current demands but having the foresight to develop new and innovative products for the years ahead.

1884 

Harris Morris established Morris Furniture.

1904

Morris Furniture supply furniture to furnish ocean liners built on the river Clyde in Scotland. 

1910

Morris Begin production in the supply of office desks and cabinets. 

1920

Morris Furniture produce cinema seats for first talking movie in uk “the Jazz Singer ”.

1930

Morris Furniture commissioned to perform the fitting and supply of furniture to the Cunard Queen Mary ocean liner, work was provided by Scottish shipyards on the River Clyde. 

1938

Neil Morris, son of founder joins company and fast becomes an innovator in wood technology and design especially in pioneering laminated wood to shape chairs and tables. 

1939

Morris Furniture also provided a valuable contribution throughout the second world war (1939-45) and into the post war era with the manufacture and provision of Enfield rifle butts, aircraft jettison fuel tanks, ammunition boxes, barrage carriers.

1940

Campsie contract factory opens to support demand for war effort and ongoing contracts.

1946

Morris Furniture supply the first helicopter blades made of laminated wood.

1947

Morris became the favoured supplier of Royalty and were commissioned to design and fit a special bedroom suite for the Queen and Prince Philip as a royal wedding gift. The wood was taken from the balmoral estate and then sent to their first home at Clarence house . Today the furniture resides in Sandringham castle. 

Eighteen years later we performed the same role fitting Her Majesty's namesake cruise ship. 

1955

During the second half of the twentieth century Morris Furniture Group experienced steady growth within the furniture sector. Introducing new products and ranges the Morris Furniture Group saw themselves expand into new market sectors serving leisure, commercial, educational and domestic sectors with high end luxury goods to quality on a budget goods. In 1955 Morris Furniture produced wurlitzer juke boxes to USA to support the boom in music boxes. 

1958

Morris Furniture was involved in the festival of Britain exhibiting all that was good in British furniture.

1963

Neil Morris won many design awards for his famous Bambi chair and Clouds occasional tables. Even today collectors seek these valued and exceptional designs.

1967

Once again Morris Furniture found themselves in the privileged position of fitting the ocean liner QE2(Queen Elizabeth the second) for the Royal Family. 

1970 

Morris won contracts to supply British Embassies with desks and cabinets continuing their great heritage in office furniture.

1973 

Robert Morris (present joint managing director) starts work to follow his father Neil and his grand father Harris Morris and plans to not only to continue the family heritage and contracts but to focus on expanding into the domestic market. 

1980

Morris launch dining ranges and court national furniture retailers. 

1990

Morris buys new 300000 sq ft factory to help support growing business at castlemilk on the south side of glasgow.

1992

In 1992 Robert Morris and Robert McDonald depart from the UK in a 40ft artic vehicle with medical supplies for Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia to deliver humanitarian aid.

1996

Morris buy license to produce and market GPlan cabinets which is still to date; Britain's biggest name in furniture.

1999

Morris purchases Beautility (now Zone furniture) to offer new modern lines in furniture.

2000

Morris launch new office division to focus on commercial office market. 

2004 

Morris launch relaxateeze upholstery business to supply sofas, swivel, reclining and accent chairs to UK retailers.

2006

Morris Charitable Trust expands by supporting BuildAid in third world countries constructing schools and hospitals.

2010 

The Morris Group relocated their business to newly built premises in Southcroft road, Glasgow. Situated next to the recent extension of the M74, the new premises provides the ideal location logistically for servicing Scotland and the UK. Today Morris Furniture continue the traditions of Harris and Neil Morris under the guidance of Robert Morris. 

2014

The Morris Furniture Group proudly celebrates it's 130th Anniversary of our founder; Harris Morris.

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