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the Birthday of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

"Art is the flower... life is the green leaf."

~ Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928)

Deep Purple fans and Art Historians, this tartan is a conversation piece! Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a prominent figure of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is celebrated for his distinctive contribution to the Art Nouveau movement. His art style seamlessly blends the organic forms of nature with the geometric precision of modern design. Mackintosh's work is characterized by clean lines, elegant simplicity, and a subtle yet sophisticated use of color. He often incorporated floral motifs and natural elements into his designs, creating a harmonious balance between decorative and functional aspects. His architectural projects, furniture designs, and decorative arts exemplify his innovative approach, making him a pioneering force in the integration of art and architecture. Designed by an ex-student of the Glasgow School of Art, this tartan design is based on Mackintosh's tile motifs, particularly his nine-square motif. You can travel back in time for an immersive glimpse of this style at The Willow Tea Rooms on Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, recently restored to its original 1903 glory. It is the only surviving tea room designed in its entirety by Mackintosh and his wife, artist Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. They meticulously chose and designed everything, including exteriors, interiors, the arrangement of internal spaces, furniture, cutlery, and even the waitresses' uniforms. Compared with the dark Victorian pubs and dining rooms of the time, it was seen as a futuristic wonder. Charles Rennie Mackintosh's evocative designs have been used by art directors to create special moods in famous films and TV shows, including Blade Runner, Doctor Who, and more recently, Inception. 💜 🖤 💜

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.

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