This morning, I am posting information on one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s famous designs, namely the Willow Tea Rooms at 217 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2. (Note that Sauchiehall means ‘alley of the willows’.)

Mackintosh (1868-1928) was a Glasgow born designer and artist. His worked spanned a wide range including jewellery, graphics,, wall decoration, paintings (landscapes and flowers), pottery vases and wood engraving. He also designed domestic use objects such as tables, chairs, cutlery, napkins, carpets, mirrors, curtain fabrics, light fittings, beds, hat stands, wardrobes and clocks.

Mackintosh was notable for his design of buildings in their entirety-foundations, structural steel, ventilation systems and plumbing. The thrust of Mackintosh’s work was the design of places to be inhabited.

Mackintosh was not alone, he was one member of the ‘Glasgow Four’ comprising himself, Herbert MacNair and the sisters Margaret and Frances McDonald. This group worked within the Glasgow School of Art (itself designed by Mackintosh) 1890-1910 and produced a wide range of works including furniture, architecture, panels, embroideries and graphic material.

The Willow Tea Rooms were he brainchild of Catherine Cranston and focused on the provision of a respectable, social meeting place for ladies of the era. Mackintosh was Catherine Cranston’s designer for 21 years from 1897 where he worked on properties at Buchanan Street, Argyle Street, Imgram Street and during 1903-4 at Sauchiehall Street where he designed the complete interiors and front facade of the building (shown here) acquired by Miss Cranston in 1901.

Contact me for information on Mackintosh themed tours of Glasgow.

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