Book: The Life and Work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh by James Macaulay

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Few designers have covered the wide scope of work that so characterised that of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scotland’s foremost architect and one of the world’s most famous architects. The book ‘Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Life and Work’ by James Macaulay contains photographs and images of the designer’s major works as well as providing a series of essays on the life of the architect who designed furniture and fabrics as well as buildings.

The pictures and information contained within the book will suit a variety of people who have an interest in both Mackintosh the man and his individual designs which include the renowned Glasgow School of Art in his native Scotland. It’s safe to say, his work had a great influence on other designers during the early 20th Century. More of his architectural designs which are hugely admired include a multitude of buildings in the city where he lived for most of his life. For example, the Willow Tearooms and the Lighthouse which is now Scotland’s Centre for Architecture and Design.

Charles Mackintosh was greatly influenced by Japanese design and this can be seen in a number of his works. Architectural photographer Mark Fiennes, noted for his skill, takes the reader on a journey of Mackintosh’s creativity and originality. Strong right angles together with floral-inspired decorative motifs were to become his trademark style. Furniture collections, fabrics, metalwork and later in life, watercolors, also bore the talent of Scotland’s greatest designer.

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