This article was originally published in Furniture & Cabinetmaking Magazine Issue 267. Words by Craft Design House.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Glasgow-born Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of the most celebrated architects and designers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Working in collaboration with designer-maker partners based in Scotland, Edinburgh-based Craft Design House is commissioning a range of new work to reflect and celebrate Mackintosh’s distinctive style.
Born in 1868, Mackintosh trained at the Glasgow School of Art, where, along with his wife Margaret MacDonald, his sister Frances, and his brother-in-law Herbert McNair, they formed the core of the Glasgow Style Movement. Their legacy is quite literally built into the fabric of modern-day Glasgow, with buildings, interiors and artworks all testaments to their multi-disciplinary talent and vision.
Gillian Scott, Founder and CEO of Craft Design House, explains: ‘This new Collective work will be selected from multiple disciplines; textile, ceramic, glass, furniture and jewellery as well as cross-discipline collaborations. This exclusive range will be available in early 2018. To accompany products, digital and content narratives of the design inspiration and process is provided, reconnecting product with process and customer with creator.
The Reflecting Mackintosh Collection will be available to museums, heritage and cultural centres to commission for their retail range, not only celebrating Charles Rennie Mackintosh but also the individual flair, talent and innovative thinking of modern designers and craftspeople, creating a unique and precious souvenir for visitors to treasure.’ A new app will also accompany the launch of the Mackintosh collection, which will enable people to trail his life and work. The app, entitled Behind the Design, which will be available on both IoS and Android, is a location-based interactive, educational trail app which not only puts the venue on the map but also increases audience engagement and understanding of Mackintosh’s work and influence.
Contact: Craft Design House
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