Inspirer Charles Rennie Mackintosh

5 April 2013 11:10
Bright, elegant, vertical lines and a touch of eccentricity: these are a few stylistic features of the Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928). Many of his designs, both for the interior and exterior of houses, are very inspiring to Art Deco Web Store.

Arts and Crafts movement

Mackintosh is seen as an important representative of the Arts and Crafts movement; an artistic movement that took place in the second part of the 19th century in Britain. The Arts and Crafts movement originated as a reaction to industrialisation and mass production, and its purpose was to combine art and craftsmanship. Stylistic, linear shapes, based on nature were typical features of this movement. It is no wonder that the Jugendstil and Art Nouveau movement have originated from the Arts and Crafts movement.

Architect and designer

Charles Rennie Mackintosh founded The Four, a group of artists also referred to as The Glasgow Four, with three other artists. Mackintosh designed buildings, but also furniture. Glasgow is the home to various stunning, architectonical objects, designed by Mackintosh from head to toe. The famous stylistic rose combined with bright, vertical lines is inseparably connected to Mackintosh. The Glasgow Four was inspired by Celtic mystique, the lines of Jan Toorop, but also by the Scottish gothic revival (source: The variety of inspirational sources make Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s work impressive, unique and timeless.

Jewellery, fabrics and home furnishings

The influence of Mackintosh is clearly present in Art Deco Web Store’s collection of jewellery, textile and home furnishings. The Mackintosh rose is a recurring motif in these items. Stunning bracelets, earrings, brooches, tin picture frames, scatter cushions and curtain and furniture fabrics enable every Art Nouveau lover to immerge their house in the Mackintosh style. The quickest way of finding all items based on Mackintosh’s art work, is by typing ‘Mackintosh’ into the search box at the top right of this page and clicking on the small magnifying glass.

It is even better to go through the various categories individually, to find the Mackintosh influences by yourself…