How Mackintosh inspired Scottish design forever
Glasgow-born architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh is world-renowned for his distinct designs, especially across various locations in his home city. In October, Glasgow will celebrate the life and work of Mackintosh through a series of exhibitions, events and tours across the main Mackintosh attractions, buildings and collections.
We’ve created a list of some of the best places in Glasgow to be inspired by Mackintosh’s iconic Scottish design. Take a trip with Caledonian Sleeper to Glasgow and explore design in Scotland.
Based in Bellahouston Park, House for an Art Lover is a wedding and conference venue as well as a cultural attraction. The Mackintosh Suite opens as a visitor attraction and the Art Lovers Shop and Art Lovers Café are open daily.
House for an Art Lover has promoted some public art competitions which have led to installations of unusual art works in ART PARK Glasgow. Grounds for Play, Glasshouse, AMAZE, Homage to Shipbuilding and Doocot are among some of the works at ART PARK.
The Hunterian Art Gallery has one of the most distinguished public art collections in Scotland. The gallery features the largest single holding of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, known as the father of Glasgow style, and the Mackintosh House, the reassembled interiors from his Glasgow home. The outdoor Sculpture Courtyard also features a small display of modern works by British artists.
A short walk from The Hunterian is Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Opened in 1901, the museum is itself a work of stunning architecture and has 22 galleries. With free tours, events and family activities, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a great day out for all the family.
Mackintosh Queen’s Cross is reflective of some of Glasgow’s greatest architecture. It is the only church designed by Mackintosh to be built and is now the international headquarters of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society. With stained glass and fascinating wood and stonework, it is no surprise the building is now an arts and heritage venue, with an extensive calendar of exhibitions, concerts and events.
After a day of exploring the city, take a break at the Willow Tea Rooms. The tea rooms were designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and George Walton, and the architecture and design is reflective of this to this day.
Mackintosh’s signature design concept appears across the tea rooms and in many other buildings across Glasgow.