the Birthday of Charles Rennie Mackintosh
"There is hope in honest error; none in the icy perfections of the mere stylist." ~ Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928)
The Willow Tea Rooms at Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, have recently been restored to the original 1903 vision of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald. Now open after a grand renovation, the tea house represents a total work of art -recognised internationally for its importance as the only surviving tea room designed in its entirety by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, including everything from the exteriors, interiors, the arrangement of internal spaces, the furniture, cutlery, and even the waitresses' uniforms. Built in 1903, this was a fantasy for the ritual of afternoon tea, with a ladies’ room at the front in white, silver and rose, a darker paneled room at the back lined with oak and grey canvas, and a top-lit gallery held up by great timber posts. Compared with the dark Victorian pubs and dining rooms of the time, it was a futuristic wonder. His evocative designs are still used to evoke a certain mood, and are prominently seen in a number of movies and TV shows, including Blade Runner, Doctor Who and Inception. If you're lucky enough to have tea here, let us know!
Born June 7, 1868 in Glasgow, Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a Scottish architect, designer, water colourist and artist. His work, alongside that of his wife Margaret Macdonald, was influential on European design design movements such as Art Nouveau and Secessionism.
Although celebrated today for the artistic houses and detailed interiors (distinctive furniture and watercolours), his masterpiece is the Glasgow School of Art, one of the great buildings of all time.
Mackintosh, his future wife Margaret MacDonald, her sister Frances MacDonald, and Herbert MacNair met at evening classes at the Glasgow School of Art. They became known as a collaborative group, "The Four", or "The Glasgow Four", and were prominent members of the "Glasgow School" movement. This group helped defined the Glasgow Style's fusion of influences including the Celtic Revival, the Arts and Crafts Movement, and Japonisme.
This tartan was designed by a former student of the Glasgow School of Art who has been involved in many Mackintosh related projects. The designer wished to produce a design based on Mackintosh's tile motifs, particularly, Mackintosh's nine square motif.
Click the Mackintosh tile for more on the Glasgow School of Art.