Charles Rennie Mackintosh Glass
Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868 – 1928) is one of Britain’s most loved architects, artists and designers. For years his works have been very popular with buyers of decorative glass and we specialise in Rennie Mackintosh glass designs.
Our galleries below display some popular styles designed by Francis Leadbitter and inspired by the works of the great man himself. All of our glass panels can be made in your specific glass sizes and are available single or double glazed. Bespoke designs can be designed from your kitchen tiles, prints or even Mackintosh style jewellery. All designs can be created in Coloured & Leaded glass or etched glass if required. We can even supply any design in single glazed glass or double glazed units.
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The Famous “Willow Tea Rooms” Design
Charles was born and raised in and around Glasgow and he studied at the Glasgow School Of Art. Charles was famous for designing buildings and furniture but he didn’t stop there. When Charles designed a home or business premises, he designed everything in it – the lights, the tables and even the wallpaper. In the Willow Tea Rooms he even designed the billiard table that was located upstairs. Charles really was a one stop shop of design brilliance.
Less is known about Charles’ wife Margaret but she was an amazing artist in her own right. Margaret was a very big inspiration in Charles’ work and some designs that Mackintosh is famous for, are actually the work of Margaret Mackintosh. Charles and Margaret became a team and worked together on many projects in and around Scotland.
The Mackintoshes moved to Port-Vendres in the south of France in 1923. Charles had gave up on architecture and design and spent his later years painting water colours. They remained in France until 1927 when Charles was diagnosed with cancer. They returned to the UK for treatment but Charles died on December 10th 1928 aged 60.
As with a lot of artists in history, Charles didn’t become rich through his work. Genuine Mackintosh chairs have been sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds in recent years but Charles never became wealthy during his life.
The Willow Tea Rooms
One of his most famous projects was the creation of the Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow. Miss Catherine Cranston hired Charles to design her new tea rooms lock, stock and barrel. The tea rooms have recently undergone a large refurbishment project but we visited the tea rooms in 2014 before the work started.
We visited to document the existing Rennie Mackintosh glass designs and we have created a range of glass panels in similar styles. The Willow Tea Rooms gallery is being created and the page currently displays the famous Willow Tea Room Doors.