Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Architect. Artist. Designer
Life and work
The work of the Scottish architect, designer and artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (7 June 1868 – 10 December 1928) is today celebrated internationally. His designs have connections with the Arts and Crafts, Glasgow Style, and progressive developments on the Continent. Glasgow Mackintosh introduces you to many of his world-famous buildings and interiors.
In the 1890s he was part of ‘The Four’ – an informal grouping with the English sisters Margaret and Frances Macdonald and James Herbert McNair – that produced some of the most inventive decorative art and graphic design of the period. His major achievements include his masterpiece The Glasgow School of Art, the villas Windyhill and The Hill House, Scotland Street School, and a series of city-centre tea room interiors. In common with many of his contemporaries he believed that the architect was responsible not just for the fabric of a building, but for every detail of its interior design. He was one of the most sophisticated exponents of the theory of the room as a work of art, and created highly distinctive furniture of great formal sophistication. He was also a highly gifted painter, producing exquisite flower paintings, and late in life, a series of striking landscapes of the South of France.
In Glasgow you will see the finest examples of his buildings and interiors, work by his Glasgow Style contemporaries, and examples of his creative collaborations with Margaret Macdonald, whom he married in 1900.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society
The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society is an independent, non-profit making charity, established in 1973 to promote and encourage awareness of the Scottish architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The Society has over 1,500 members across the world with active affiliate groups arranging regular local events.
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