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Chales Rennie Mackintosh Cassina Silk Velvet 292 Hill House 1 Chair Italy 1960s

$1,900Asking Price


Mackintosh is perhaps Scotland's most famous architect. Born in Glasgow in 1868, Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a pioneer of modernism, blending Scottish and Japanese influences with art nouveau to create his own unique aesthetic as an architect, artist and designer. The Hill House is considered to be Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s domestic masterpiece. Working to a commission from Glasgow book publisher Walter Blackie, up-and-coming architect Mackintosh and his wife, the artist Margaret Macdonald, created almost everything you see, from the building itself to the furniture and textiles, Including the 292 Hill Chair 1. The Hill House chair combines figurative and symbolic ideals with a linear geometry, no doubt inspired by the abstract graphics of Japanese design. It is more than a mere chair in that it illustrates Mackintosh’s articulation of space with its high back and rows of horizontal bars, topped with a grid: with slats and straight poles crossed together to create a resistant frame. I’ve included images of the Hill house and the 292 Chair in situ. Francis D. K. Ching. Architecture: Form, Space, and Order. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979. Sir Banister Fletcher. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. 18th edition, revised by J.C. Palmes. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975. James MacAulay. Hill House : Charles Rennie MacKintosh (Architecture in Detail). London: Phaidon/Chronicle Books, July 1994. Robert Macleod. Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Feltham, Middlesex, England: The Hamlyn Publishing Group, 1968.


  • Creator
    Cassina (Manufacturer),Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 56 in. (142.24 cm)Width: 16 in. (40.64 cm)Length: 56 in. (142.24 cm)Seat Height: 17.7 in. (44.96 cm)
  • Style
    Arts and Crafts (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Good vintage condition. Some losses to original silk velvet, but presents exceptionally well.
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4190313300042

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About Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Designer)

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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