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The Mackintosh Style: Design and Decor
     

The Mackintosh Style: Design and Decor

by Elizabeth Wilhide
 

Now in paperback, this celebration of one of the world's most popular and innovative modern designers is a reasonably priced, comprehensive, and thoroughly illustrated survey of the artist's life and work. Here we are treated to magnificent Mackintosh sketches, paintings, and etchings, as well as photographs of his buildings, interiors, furniture, glasswork,

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Now in paperback, this celebration of one of the world's most popular and innovative modern designers is a reasonably priced, comprehensive, and thoroughly illustrated survey of the artist's life and work. Here we are treated to magnificent Mackintosh sketches, paintings, and etchings, as well as photographs of his buildings, interiors, furniture, glasswork, fixtures, ironwork, tile, sculpture, kitchenware, fabrics — even such novelties as a tea room menu, a grandfather clock, and a rustic garden gate. Author Elizabeth Wilhide explores the artist's early days, his inspiration and education, and his later works of mastery, as well as many of his lesser-known pieces. In addition, she includes a valuable list of Mackintosh sites to visit abroad. With interest in the Arts and Crafts style at an all-time high, and major exhibitions of Mackintosh work touring throughout 1998, this is a solid addition to any design and decor collection.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Gorgeous....Not just the usual famous architecture, but the total designer's equally functional yet festive interiors — chairs, clocks, hat racks, lamp shades, even kitchen utensils. Awesome. New York Daily News
Library Journal
These two works on Scottish designer-artist-architect Mackintosh complement each other nicely. By the curator of the University of Glasgow's Mackintosh Collection, Flowers highlights one of the more prominent motifs that runs throughout his prolific career, which includes architectural and interior design, textiles, and graphic works. The spectacular colorplates reveal his profound artistry, mastery of subject matter, and technique of design. Chapters focus on Mackintosh's ability as a master architectural draftsman and botanical illustrator, as well as his stylized plant forms and baskets of flowers. Addressing her subject more broadly, Wilhide (William Morris, LJ 2/1/92) devotes the opening section to Mackintosh's life, including the influence and contribution of his wife, Margaret Macdonald, and his work with the Glasgow School of Art, the Four, and the architectural firm of Honeyman, Keppie and Mackintosh. Section 2 focuses on the new Glasgow Style, frequently associated with Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts movement, and Section 3 encompasses the art of space and Mackintosh's exceptional architectural projects and various interiors. Section 4 concentrates on the elements of his style, which featured sparsely arranged and furnished rooms, the use of the color white, stenciling, rigorous use of geometric shapes, and his most famous ebonized high-back chairs. The appendixes include a list of Mackintosh sites to visit in Scotland, England, and France and a list of sources of Mackintosh designs in both Europe and the United States. These two books provide welcome insight into the life and career of Mackintosh and are recommended for libraries emphasizing architecture and decorative arts.Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City
Booknews
An in-depth exploration of the life and work of Scotland's renowned architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928). He was ahead of his time, a visionary inspired by nature and by the Arts and Crafts movement. His work included architecture on both public and domestic scales, interior design, and design of furniture, fixtures, and household utensils. Wilhide's study, illustrated with color photos and enhanced by elegant book design, is informative and inspiring. 10.5x10.5" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811819466
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Wilhide is a leading expert on interior design in the UK and author of William Morris. She lives in London.

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