Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a Scottish architect, designer, water colourist and artist. He designed innovative structures such as Hill House and The Glasgow School of Arts. He had a great influence on art and architecture and was influenced by Japanese style with economy of means and simplicity. It is impressive how Charles Rennie Mackintosh worked across multiple disciplines.

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One of his designs that grabbed my attention are the chairs that he designed. They are very distinctive and I can imagine that people found them unusual and innovative when he first designed them. They do not really have any decorative motives and are full of straight lines which makes them look very geometric and often stretched out. Most of them have quite short legs with long flat and straight backs. Those designs are rather striking and memorable.

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The window panels that Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed are an important part of his work. They are colourful and never too busy. On many of them there are flower motives, roses seem to be most popular in his windows. The floral motives have rich colours, they create a good balance with the more transparent elements. There are usually curvy lines joining pieces of glass, they create a flowing and graceful feel.

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh also produced delicate studies of flowers. They are simple, look very accurate and real. The images are very pleasing to the eye and are quite detailed. The flowers are colourfull, but the colours are kept light with blank background.

 

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