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Scottish, 1868-1928

At the turn of the 20th century, Scottish architect, designer and painter, Charles Rennie Mackintosh created a singular, wholly original design style that was both lyrical and sleekly modern. Mackintosh — frequently working in collaboration with his wife, the artist Margaret Macdonald — invented an aesthetic that blends the organic flow of the Art Nouveau style and the honest simplicity of the English Arts & Crafts movement.

Although an architect working with colossal and hard materials, he typically brought intimacy and softness to all that he designed and built.

His work on private homes and tearooms generated the furniture designs for which Mackintosh is best known today.

These include the Hill House chair, with its latticed back; the Argyle Street Tea Room chair, which features an oval head rail with a cutout that resembles a bird in flight; and several others - all instantly recognizable for the stunning tall backs.