Monday, 30 January 2017

A Great Book.

I've just re read this book from cover to cover and I'd forgotten just how good it is.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh design some iconic furniture and this excellent 250 page book by Fanny Blake details his life and works including the strong collaboration with his wife Margaret Macdonald.
Mackintosh was primarily an architect and his unusual and mostly asymmetric designs were a result of designing the interior and letting this govern the exterior. He was also a painter and as with so many tortured and troubled artists his work was not fully appreciated until after his death.
Thankfully much of his work, including his buildings, survive and the book is packed with good quality colour photographs.

This bedroom features a pair of wonderful wardrobes and that tall backed chair is one I've wanted to make for many years, maybe one day!

The chair above has a flying bird cut out in the head rest and is another iconic design.
The chair below has the classic squares that feature in much of his work but the whole back is curved into a semi circle, I suspect this chair needs to be seen to be properly appreciated.
In all a fascinating book that's well worth adding to your woodworking library.

1 comment:

  1. He's one of my all time favourite architects. It was a shame how under appreciated he was until after he passed.