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Charles Rennie Mackintosh Furniture

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (U.K., 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 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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Willow Chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh Production Cassina Authenticated, 1978
By Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Cassina
Located in London, GB
Italy, stamped and authenticated Cassina 1978 A throne-like armchair designed by acclaimed architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1904, for the “Willow Tea Rooms” in Glasgow. The ...
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1970s Italian Art Nouveau Vintage Charles Rennie Mackintosh Furniture

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Ash

Table Charles Rennie Mackintosh
By Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Located in Paris, FR
Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Cassina, dining table 322 D.S.1 circa 1975 measures: 177 x 125 x H 75 cm Ashwood table / modular table that can be used as a console. With a 'C...
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1970s French Vintage Charles Rennie Mackintosh Furniture

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Wood

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Bakelite Candlestick, Six Pieces
By Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Linsden Ware
Located in Atlanta, GA
The most iconic Bakelite piece ever. Set of six elegant Jugendstil tall tapered Bakelite candlesticks. Manufactured by Linsden Ware, England, in the late 1920s on an original design ...
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1920s English Art Deco Vintage Charles Rennie Mackintosh Furniture

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Bakelite

Charles R. Mackintosh Glasgow School of Art, Secessionist Table lamp Re-Edition
By Woka Lamps, Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Located in Vienna, AT
A table Version from the model, originally designed as a street lamp for the "Glasgow School of Art", this lamp shows the great Viennese influence, as Mackintosh exhibited 1900 toget...
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2010s Scottish Vienna Secession Charles Rennie Mackintosh Furniture

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Brass

Essential Charles Rennie Mackintosh Hardcover by Fanny Blake
By Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Located in Wilton Manors, FL
"(1868 – 1928) C.R. Mackintosh was an skilled interior designer, painter and decorator who renown for his inventive interpretation of Art Nouveau." Hardcover: 256 pages Publisher: Pa...
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Early 2000s North American Mid-Century Modern Charles Rennie Mackintosh Furniture

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Paper

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow School of Art Floor Lamp Re-Edition
By Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
Originally designed as a street lamp for the "Glasgow School of Art", this lamp shows the great Viennese influence, as Mackintosh exhibited 1900 together with his wife Margaret MacDo...
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2010s Scottish Jugendstil Charles Rennie Mackintosh Furniture

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Mackintosh "292 Hill House 1" Italian Pair of Ashwood Chairs
By Charles Rennie Mackintosh, La Maison Pierre Frey
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of chairs model "292 Hill House 1" designed by Mackintosh. Made of black lacquered ashwood structure and upholstered in a linen and wool large chevron embroidery fabric mod "Ast...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Rennie Mackintosh Furniture

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Linen, Ash, Cotton

Mid-Century Modern Mackintosh "292 Hill House 1" Italian Pair of Ashwood Chairs
By Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of chairs model "292 Hill House 1" designed by Mackintosh. Made of black lacquered ashwood structure and reupholstered in yellow cotton velvet, Italy, 1960s.  Charles Rennie ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Rennie Mackintosh Furniture

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Cotton, Velvet, Ash

Mackintosh for Cassini 1, 2 or 4 Model 292 Hill House Chairs
By Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Mackintosh designed almost every aspect of the Hill House for his client Walter Blackie a publisher. Cassina started to produce these chairs in 1973. This Set is from the mid-1980s. ...
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1980s Italian Arts and Crafts Vintage Charles Rennie Mackintosh Furniture

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Ash

Argyle Chairs, 1897 by Charles Rennie Mackintosch for Cassina "I Maestri"
By Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Cassina
Located in Chiasso, CH
Chairs designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosch for the tea room of Argyle Street, 1897 Produced by Cassina in the 1973, in the "I Maestri Collection", with stamped signature. Out ...
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1890s Italian Arts and Crafts Antique Charles Rennie Mackintosh Furniture

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Ash, Upholstery

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Black Stained Ash Folding Table DS.1 by Cassina, 1975
By Cassina, Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
The table 322 D.S.1. It is a beautiful example of a table with a two-sided folding top, designed by the Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1918 and produced by Cassina in...
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1970s Italian Art Nouveau Vintage Charles Rennie Mackintosh Furniture

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Ash

DS3 Armchair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Cassina
By Cassina, Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Located in Boston, MA
Designed by Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1918 and produced under license by Cassina from the mid-1970s through the late 1990s, the geometrically rigorous DS3 armch...
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20th Century Italian Charles Rennie Mackintosh Furniture

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Mother-of-Pearl, Papercord, Ash

Charles Rennie Mackintosh High-Backed Chair
By Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Located in Sharon, CT
A Cassina signed authorized reproduction of Mackintosh's Argyle Street Tea Rooms high-backed chair. "The first high-backed chair designed by Mackintosh and one of the most striking i...
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1980s Scottish Art Nouveau Vintage Charles Rennie Mackintosh Furniture

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Wood

Pair of English Marbled Brown Bakelite Candlesticks by Charles Renee Mackintosh
By Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Linsden Ware
Located in Port Hope, ON
This iconic pair of English marbled brown bakelite candlesticks were manufactured by Linsden Ware and designed by famed Scottish architect, designer and painter Charles Rennie Mackin...
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1920s English Art Deco Vintage Charles Rennie Mackintosh Furniture

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Bakelite

Eight High Back Ebony Finish Ingram Dining Chairs Charles Mackintosh for Cassina
By Cassina, Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Located in Toledo, OH
This black lacquered high back chair was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and produced posthumously sometime, circa 1970. The chair was produced by Cassina in solid ash with ebo...
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1970s British Art Nouveau Vintage Charles Rennie Mackintosh Furniture

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Ash

C R Mackintosh Guthrie & Wells, Glasgow School Stained Green Cypress Wardrobe
By Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Guthrie and Wells
Located in London, GB
Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928), made by Guthrie and Wells. A Glasgow School Arts and Crafts stained green cypress wood wardrobe, with white opaque textured square glass deta...
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Late 19th Century Scottish Arts and Crafts Antique Charles Rennie Mackintosh Furniture

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Brass

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