Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Scottish, 1868 - 1928
Margaret Macdonald-Mackintosh
Scottish, 1865 - 1933
Haus Eines Kunstfreundes (House for an Art Lover), 1902

H. 28 1/8 x W. 22 5/8 in.

One of the most influential Arts and Crafts artists of the 20th century, Charles Rennie Mackintosh helped found the Glasgow school, and through his architectural and design work influenced such people as Josef Hoffmann and Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1901, Mackintosh collaborated with his wife, Margaret Macdonald, to execute designs for an international contest sponsored by the German magazine Zeitschrift für Innendekoration (Journal for Interior Decoration). Under the premise of creating a House for Art Lovers, they devised both interior and exterior plans and, for the most part, kept their schemes and furnishings simple. Rather than using elaborate surface decoration, they emphasized natural light, dark stains, and white paint to reveal the inherent qualities of their building materials.