Charles Rennie Mackintosh Furniture Designs
Charles Rennie Mackintosh is most well known for what is often called the ‘Mackintosh rose’. In his designs he often favoured strong, sharp right angles and softened these with floral motifs, like the rose.
The most well known Charles Rennie Macintosh furniture designs seem to be his high back chairs. However, he designed many buildings too. These included schools, offices, churches, tearooms and even homes.
He was born in Glasgow on the 7th June 1868. Anyone having visited Glasgow will surely have witnessed examples of his work.
One of the more popular schools he designed is the Glasgow School of Art. On a visit to Glasgow you may have walked past. However, the school hosts a Visitor Centre which has detailed plans and models of the construction and interior details for the Mackintosh building. It is well worth a visit.
If you have been a weary shopper in Buchanan Street or Sauchiehall Street you may even have popped into The Willow Tearooms. Both of these tearooms were designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Kate Cranston.
Glasgow has so many more examples of his work including the Scotland Street School Museum and the old Glasgow Herald offices, The Lighthouse. The Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow has a full two rooms dedicated to his work.
In 1914 he moved, with his wife, to England. Initially they lived in Suffolk, where he was briefly suspected of being a German spy, and later they lived in London. He continued with a few more designs although began to devote more of his time to watercolour painting.
By 1923 they had moved to Port Vendres in Southern France, near the Spanish border. He spent several years here painting watercolours until he finally returned to London due to ill health. He died in London in 1928.
Although Charles Rennie Mackintosh furniture designs of the high back chairs and, of course, his use of the rose are what he is most well known for, he created so much more.