Beyond the Veneer: Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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Charles-Rennie-MackintoshOn the 10th of December 1928, Glaswegian designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh died in London relatively unknown and destitute. He was one of the artists who reaffirmed craftsmanship at a time of emerging Northern industrialization. He agreed with those in the British Arts and Crafts Movement who hailed a return to the individual touch of crafts to counteract the monotony of mass-produced, production line factory goods. Many called him “a prophet of modernism; others, an apostle of Art Nouveau. But, in fact, Mackintosh approached every building, every room, as if he were composing a different poem, using his imagination to create something special and whole.” (Stanley Meisler, ‘Ahead of the curve: the art of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’, Smithsonian Magazine, January 1997). “In a Mackintosh building or design, and in a Mackintosh/Macdonald interior, everything receives the same degree of scrupulous and loving attention. This quality commands loyalty and affection…

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