Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style - the exhibition catalogue from Glasgow Museums available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style

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'A fine survey of a vibrant arts movement' - Choice

A richly illustrated book celebrating the achievements of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his fellow designers and highlights their impact in the United States and beyond

In the final decades of the nineteenth century, the Glasgow Style introduced Art Nouveau in Britain and helped transform an industrial city into Scotland's premier cultural capital. The predominant force behind the Glasgow Style was Charles Rennie Mackintosh, an architect and designer who personified the movement's intellectual freedom, sensuality, and spirit of collaboration. This lively and informative book showcases the work of Mackintosh and contextualizes it in relation to a larger circle of designers and craftspeople with which he shared sources, stylistic features, and patrons.

Filled with colour illustrations, archival materials, and essays, this volume explores every aspect of the Glasgow Style-from beautifully appointed homes and restaurants to everyday works of needlepoint, cups and saucers, stained glass windows, magazine illustrations, and textiles. It traces the birth of the Glasgow Style to The Glasgow School of Art, where Mackintosh met fellow students, including his future wife, who would form an influential circle nicknamed the "Immortals." And it reveals how the rise of the Glasgow Style went hand-in-hand with the founding of the city's Technical Arts School, where students trained in both industrial and artistic crafts, which helped establish a talented and creative workforce. Far-reaching and influential, the Glasgow Style improved nearly every facet of daily life.

Details
  • Author: Alison Brown, Curator for European Decorative Art and Design from 1800, Glasgow Museums 
  • Hardcover: 144 pages | 180 colour illustrations
  • Date published: October 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-3791359182
  • Product Dimensions: 29.0 x 25.0 cm

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