In Edinburgh today but let me finish my Mackintosh tour from yesterday…
We had the chance to see Mackintosh’s house…well almost his house – it is a replica – a very close replica – with complete intact original contents of the house and restored fixtures. He and Margaret lived there from 1906-1914…The house was torn down in the early 1960s. (sad face). This house is sited nearby to the original site and the orientation is exactly the same as the original – so door is a higher than the street…cool and unusual!
The house was fantastic…nooooo picture taking allowed! This website will give you an idea of the historical significance and the beauty….
Every light switch, door handle, stair rail, doorway, windowsill, chair, wall, table was a sight to see. The brilliant colors, the unusual design and sense of actually being in their HOME seemed familiar at the same time like I was witnessing greatness. Hard to explain…..the higher up we went – up to the third floor, everything got lighter…white walls, more open space, more natural light. So many of his designs center around flower stems and flowers…his intent was to invoke a sense of a this in his home…a flower coming up from the dark ground and rising to the sky and sun. LOVE.
Kristin Skarie = Big Fan of CRM
Well…..from there it just kept getting better….had lunch in the well known Willow Tea Room – my friend Charles designed the space for the owner – his friend and most generous patron, Kate Cranston…..check it out:
Then to the Lighthouse Center for Design and Architecture) – the first public commission by CRM http://www.thelighthouse.co.uk/ honoring Mackintosh and his friends. Followed by some thrift store shopping with a new student friend, Mari, a stop at the Strathclyde Fire Brigade fire station for tea with Harry Drummond and the guys…(more on THAT later!) and finally fish and chips for dinner at “Chippy Doon the Lane”
Have Another Mackintosh Day! ~Kristin