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Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Scottish, 1868-1928

At the turn of the 20th century, the Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh created a singular, wholly original design style that was both lyrical and sleekly modern. Within his architectural schemes for schools, private homes and restaurants, Mackintosh — frequently working in collaboration with his wife, the artist Margaret Macdonald — invented an aesthetic that blends the organic flow of the Art Nouveau style and the honest simplicity of the English Arts & Crafts movement.

Mackintosh was born into a working-class Glasgow family, the fourth of the 11 children of a police clerk and his wife. At age 15, Mackintosh began to take night classes at the Glasgow School of Art — where he would study until 1894 — and the following year started an apprenticeship with local architect John Hutchison.

At the GSA, Mackintosh befriended Macdonald, her sister, Frances, and fellow architecture student Herbert McNair. Together they formed a graphic design team known as the Four, and were admired for their illustrations featuring sinuous botanical forms and sylph-like women. Around the same time, Mackintosh was hired by the architectural firm Honeyman and Keppie. where he drafted the company’s winning design for a new GSA building. The structure, with its brooding, asymmetrical facade punctuated by soaring studio windows, would be his architectural masterwork. By 1900, Mackintosh was designing houses and began the interiors for a group of Glasgow tea parlors in which he and Macdonald would produce some of the most alluring, lushly graphic decors of the era. Mackintosh’s work became widely influential on the continent, particularly among Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser and other members of the Vienna Secession movement.

His work on private homes and tearooms generated the furniture designs for which Mackintosh is best known today. These include the Hill House chair, with its latticed back; the Argyle Street Tea Room chair, which features an oval head rail with a cutout that resembles a bird in flight; and several others — all instantly recognizable for their stunning tall backs.

Mackintosh’s furniture works well in both traditional and modern interiors, though by virtue of both its familiarity and striking lines it tends to stand out. Because he was much more esteemed in Europe than in Britain, relatively few antique Mackintosh works survive, and those that have are museum pieces. Recently produced examples of his designs are widely available — notably, the Italian firm Cassina has been making fine Mackintosh pieces since the early 1970s. As you will see on 1stDibs, the furniture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh is ever intriguing and engaging. His work is a historical touchstone that would be welcome in the home of any modern design aficionado.

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$2,743
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Vintage Willow Chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh
By Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Located in Debrecen-Pallag, HU
Designed in 1902 for the Willow tea room in Glasgow, the Willow chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh is a stunning statement piece with a tall, curved lattice back and storage area ben...
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20th Century Italian Arts and Crafts Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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Fabric, Ash

  • Vintage Willow Chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh
  • Vintage Willow Chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh
  • Vintage Willow Chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh
  • Vintage Willow Chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh
H 47.25 in. W 37.01 in. D 17.33 in.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Ash Willow Chair
By Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Located in Troy, MI
Designed in 1902 for the Willow Tea Room in Glasgow, the Willow Chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh is a stunning statement piece with a tall, curved lattice back and storage area ben...
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Early 20th Century Italian Arts and Crafts Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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Ash

  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh Ash Willow Chair
  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh Ash Willow Chair
  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh Ash Willow Chair
  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh Ash Willow Chair
H 47.25 in. W 36.5 in. D 17 in.
Midcentury Modern Charles Rennie Mackintosh Black Lacquered Ash Sideboard, 1980s
By Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Alivar
Located in Roma, IT
Sideboard in open-pore black lacquered ash with incredible stunning inserts and decoration with leaded glass panel. This fantastic piece was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh dur...
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1980s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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Glass, Wood

Hill House Set, Settee and Chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh by Cassina
By Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Cassina
Located in Halle, DE
Hill house set by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. This is a very nice example of the Glasgow Arts & Crafts Movement in timeline with Art Nouveau / Jugendstil. The only authorized reeditio...
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Early 1900s Scottish Arts and Crafts Antique Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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Oak

Eight High Back Ebony Finish Ingram Dining Chairs Charles Mackintosh for Cassina
By Cassina, Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Located in Toledo, OH
There are eight chairs available, price reflects one chair. This black lacquered high back chair was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and produced posthumously sometime, circa 1...
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1970s British Art Nouveau Vintage Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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Ash

Charles Rennie Mackintosh 312 Willow Trone-Armchair by Cassina
By Cassina, Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Trone-armchair designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1904. Relaunched in 1973. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. This throne-like armchair is a new iteration of the model that...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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Wood

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Argyle Chairs, Cassina, 1970s
By Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Located in Greding, DE
Set of two armchairs and five chairs in dark stained oak and red leatherette upholstery. The chairs were originally designed for the Argyle Street Tea Room in Glasgow in 1897, and Ca...
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1970s Italian Art Nouveau Vintage Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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Oak

Classic Modernist Hill House Chair by Charles R. Mackintosh for Cassina, 1980s
By Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Cassina
Located in Renens, CH
The Willow chair was originally designed in 1904 by architect Charles R. Macintosh for the Villa Hill House in Helensburgh, Scotland: Production rights were acquired by Cassina durin...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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Leather, Wood

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Charles Rennie Mackintosh's furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Charles Rennie Mackintosh collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 22 vintage editions of these items, while there are 7 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Charles Rennie Mackintosh was created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by MIM Roma, Fratelli Tagliabue and RIMA. The prices for Charles Rennie Mackintosh furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $85 and tops out at $46,216, while pieces like these can sell for on average $3,862.

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