Friday, August 29, 2008

Famous designers of the past: Charles Rennie Mackintosh

In the 19th century it was not uncommon to be at the same time a designer, an architect and a painter. Charles Rennie Mackintoch, one of the most influential "Art Nouveau" designers was all of these at the same time. He wanted to build and design for real people, individuals, and not for the masses. His concern was not only to satisfy the practical needs of people but to allow them to live with works of art. This is a far cry from the concept of "good design" as developed in the United States in the fifties, an ethic of utilitarianism as the main goal of a society of mass products

When he arrived in London in 1915 Charles Rennie Mackintosh produced more than 120 designs for the textile industry.

carnation 1915

Waves 1915

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