Three Design Movements: 1. Arts and Crafts

Three design movements have always been my favourite which is why, following the Arts and Crafts trail, someday I have to end up in Glasgow to see the work of Charles Rennie MacIntosh, or for Art Deco to New York for the Chrysler Building and a few other things, and as far as my greatest design love, Art Nouveau, keep going back to Barcelona for Gaudi and his compatriots (though there is so much all over other parts of Europe as well).

Arts & Crafts. And might as well throw in Frank Lloyd Wright here too (yes, they call him Prairie but to me he’s pretty close to this), so its back to Chicago and actually make the trip out to his houses. Here’ s a great new reference to this style. But back to Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928).

First the man.


Quite the tie and bow on otherwise the manliest looking of men.

The chair.


Not unlike Frank Lloyd Wright’s chairs though Wright’s were even more rectilinear; his would not have had the upper oval portion.

A building.


Sort of restrained Gothic.



This one forward to Art Nouveau or perhaps more Jugendstil .

But there is another good reason to stumble into Glasgow as well.

The Whiskey Live show: barrels of Scotch in the open air, one price to sample as many as you are capable of sampling. Coming to Toronto in October 08; I do believe I might have to wander out there.

9 comments on “Three Design Movements: 1. Arts and Crafts

  1. Wright and Macintosh were contemporaries. Too bad Charles didn’t live longer.

  2. hi, i’m studying charles mackintosh in my furniture design course (2nd yr architecture) i was wondering if you could tell me about his construction techniques, mainlythe argyle and the hill house chairs… thank you šŸ™‚

  3. Hi

    Where did you get the black and white photo from?



  4. It was a long time ago so not 100% sure…it was my looser days..now I ascribe everything unless its trailers or videos… but the portrait may have come from http://www.tollmans.co.il/en/designer.aspx?cid=26
    and the chair cannot find but I do know I was going through design and museum sites at the time. There is very cool later iteration of this on this Japanese chair design blog (or that is what it seems to be) at http://hikosaka.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2009-03-16. But they might have grabbed that image from me since it antedates mine. There are many in colour if you are looking for one to get specific permissions for.

  5. Have you been to Glasgow yet? When you go, you can see Mackintosh furniture at the local museum (Kelvingrove?) as well as various sites. Also, go to Hill House when it is open (out of town a few miles) for an appreciation of a complete Mackintosh environment. What he had in common with Wright was the desire to control it all, house and furnishings.

  6. I might be there late April if all goes as planned…and then photos unending…

  7. i would not have believed this was outstanding a number of years back and yet its amusing the way age alters the manner of how you comprehend different creative concepts, thanks for the write-up it is good to go through anything clever occasionally in lieu of the ordinary nonsense mascarading as blogs and forums on the net, i’m off to take up a couple of hands of zynga poker, take care

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