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Essential Charles Rennie Mackintosh
CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH is Scotland’s most famous architect and designer, and one of the most influential figures in modern design. Combining his roots in Modernism and interest in Art Nouveau with a Scottish art tradition, Mackintosh invented his own instantly recognisable style.
Born in Glasgow in 1868, Mackintosh was based primarily in his home town, but he also worked in Austria and Germany, and in Europe in general was seen as a great innovator. He was closely associated with the Arts and Crafts movement and was the natural heir to John Ruskin and William Morris.
His most famous building is surely the legendary Glasgow School of Art, one of the most famous landmarks of that city and acclaimed as the first ‘truly modern building. Also in Glasgow are the Mackintosh-designed Willow Tea Rooms, Argyle Street Tea Rooms and Buchanan Street Tea Rooms, all of which are featured in this book.
The breadth of Mackintosh’s creative output was considerable, ranging from interior decoration schemes and designs for furniture, textiles and posters, through watercolours and pencil drawings to vast public architecture projects. Gathered together here are many of his greatest works, offering a comprehensive visual appreciation of a unique style.