Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Glasgow go together like haggis and oatmeal. We are big fans of him and his works and collaborations with his wife Margaret MacDonald. They were part of a group that developed the Glasgow School, more Art Neuveau, that influenced the Arts and Crafts movement. Margret was a painter and glass artist. She was known for her large gesso paintings. The group, in 1896 were invited to exhibit at the London Arts and Crafts Society Exhibition. The Glasgow School of Art is regarded as Mackintosh's architectural masterpiece, perhaps one of the most influential buildings ever constructed in Great Britain. Our Mackintosh room is based on another significant design, The Hill House.
Glasgow is known for it's ship building and during the industrial revolution the Japanese engineers and navy influenced the design in the area as is was more accessible than before and gained in popularity. The design focused on the quality of the space, which was meant to evoke a calming and organic feeling to the interior. Hey that sounds like my home.
Another significant Glasgow project of Mackintosh was the Queen's Cross Church. Said to be his most mysterious building. It has fantastic stained glass, barrel vaulted ceilings and the color of the mill work with the white walls is like no other church. We can not talk about art in Glasgow and not include the Willow Tea Room. The interior design is a classic example of how good design never goes out of style.
All these great examples of my favorite style make me want to book a trip. What is the quarantine policy for dogs visiting Scotland? Should I have Mike pack his golf clubs?