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Charles Rennie Mackintosh High Back Chairs "Hill" by Cassina, 1973

$1,236.53Asking Price


This chair was displayed at the eighth edition of the Secession in Vienna, Austria, in 1900, where Mackintosh with his individual style contributed to the development of the Wiener Werkstätte, a famous Viennese design studio, founded in 1903 by Josef Hoffmann, Fritz Wärndorfer and Koloman Moser. Feature of the Hill chair is the high backrest, which we also find in the design of other seats, such as the Argyle home chair. The Hill chair was also re-edited in 1973 by Cassina and is part of the "Cassina I Maestri" collection and is made of black-stained ash, with a padded seat upholstered in fabric. In the career of Charles Rennie Mackintosh architect and interior designer, Willow Tea Rooms play an important role, it is in this context that the Argyle chair fits. It is a chair designed for the tea room of the same name, which today represents one of the architect's most famous projects. Designed in 1897, for the furnishing of tea rooms, the first important assignment in Mackintosh's career. Thanks to these works and interior designs that give rise to many components of furniture, tables, chairs and decorations that characterize the style of the so-called Glasgow School, of which Charles Rennie Mackintosh is one of the leading exponents.


  • Creator
    Cassina (Manufacturer),Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 55.12 in. (140 cm)Width: 16.54 in. (42 cm)Depth: 14.57 in. (37 cm)Seat Height: 16.54 in. (42 cm)
  • Style
    Art Nouveau (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Cerignola, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4426116570442

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About the Designer

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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 member 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 these pages, 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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