Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Architect & Designer
My last post concentrated on a few photographs of Glasgow, Scotland, where I was born and brought up. In this post I have published a few photographs which will hopefully give you the ‘flavour’ of one aspect of Glasgow, and how the city has celebrated one of its most innovative sons. To that end, this post is dedicated to my favourite architect and designer of all time, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868 – 1928)! Few designers can claim to have created a unique and individual style that is so instantly recognisable, and in that respect, Mackintosh was well ahead of his time! Not only did he design the exteriors of many buildings and houses around Glasgow, but in combination with his wife, Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, who was an accomplished artist and designer in her own right, he also designed the interiors of these buildings, right down to furniture and fittings! There are many examples of his original work to be found around Glasgow, but the photographs in this post concentrate on the ‘House for an Art Lover’ which was based on a design produced by Mackintosh in 1901. The building is located in Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, where construction began in 1989. The house was opened to the public in 1996. I have included some external and internal shots of the building that I took a couple of years ago! I hope you like Mackintosh’s quite amazing concepts, his outstanding designs, and how all of the individual pieces, which are stunning and unique in their own right, blend and merge together to produce a unique building, which is in itself, a stunning piece of artwork!
I quite understand that everyone has their own likes and dislikes about architecture, art and design, and that some of you might hate his work, however, I would hope that everyone would be able to recognise the innovation and creative genius of a man who was quite simply ‘well ahead of his time’! I hope you have enjoyed these two posts on separate aspects of Glasgow, Scotland! Please feel free to ‘check out’ my other posts from around Europe, and if you like them, why not sign up to receive e-mail notification of new posts as they are published!
Thanks for dropping by my blog!