This afternoon, I am posting information on Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a Glasgow born architect who left a considerable legacy of work in the city of his birth.

Very briefly, Mackintosh (1868-1928) was a designer, architect and artist whose work covered a very broad compass, from jewellery to graphics, from wall decoration to exhibited paintings, from pottery vases to wood engraving. Often working in conjunction with his wife, Margaret McDonald, Mackintosh designed a wide array of objects for domestic use including tables, chairs, cutlery and napkins, carpets, mirrors, curtain fabric and light fittings, beds, hat stands, wardrobes and clocks. He also designed buildings in their entirety, including foundations, structural steel, ventilation systems and plumbing. He also painted landscapes and flowers.

However, Mackintosh is perhaps best known for his underlying

theme of designing places to be inhabited taking account of the rooms, sequences of rooms, their form, light and material. Perhaps the best known example of his domestic design work is the famous ‘House for an Art Lover’ which is located in the same vicinity as the Burrell Collection, one of Glasgow’s top visitor attractions. Other famous examples of Mackintosh’s work include the Hill House (Helensburgh), Mackintosh Church, Willow Tea Rooms and Scotland Street School Museum.

It should be remembered that Mackintosh did not work in isolation. He was one member of the ‘Glasgow Four’ comprising Mackintosh, Herbert MacNair and the sisters Margaret and Frances McDonald. This group worked within the Glasgow School of Art (itself designed by Mackintosh) around 1890-1910 and produced decorative works of furniture, architecture, panels, embroideries and graphic material.

Via my tour guiding company, catswhiskerstours.co.uk I provide private tours of the Mackintosh sites.

Today I am focusing on just one aspect of Mackintosh’s work, namely the Daily Record Building in Renfield Lane, Glasgow G2. This is tucked away and is best accessed on foot. In designing this building Mackintosh made striking use of colour on the facade and skilfully combined sculptured sandstone with white glazed bricks to maximise light.

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