Reflecting Mackintosh Collective: A bespoke retail collection to complement Mackintosh 150

Breathing life into the legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh with a retail collection based on the personal
reflections of a new generation of leading Scottish Designers and Makers.
Host: Glasgow Life for their Charles Rennie Mackintosh: The Making of the Glasgow Style exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Galleries & Museum, Glasgow.
Collection: Reflecting Mackintosh Collective
Date: From March 2018 to August 2018

2018 marks the 150th anniversary of Glasgow-born architect, artist and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Glasgow Life are hosting a major exhibition of Mackintosh’s work and the wider Glasgow Style movement.
We commissioned a range of contemporary craft and design pieces by established and emerging designers and makers. Thirty Scotland-based designers and makers, many alumni of the Glasgow School of Art, were invited to create works based on their personal reflections on Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

The resulting collection spans a wide range of disciplines and styles, such as jewellery, ceramic, wood-turning and quilting. No two designs are alike, yet each conveys a sense of Mackintosh’s personality and style alongside that of the contemporary designers and makers who contributed designs.

While working on designs to celebrate and showcase the legacy of Mackintosh, the designers and makers grew much closer to his work. Following on from their designs, we have worked with them to devise talks, demonstrations and workshops revolving around the project. These experiences are a tangible and memorable opportunity for visitors to deepen their connection with Mackintosh and his legacy in contemporary Scottish design.

Current Stage
The collection is available for sale and displayed in the space between the end of the exhibition and the entrance to the main shop. It is both an exhibit in its own right and an exclusive retail collection, each piece unique, available for viewing and for purchase. Hands-on experiences with our designers and makers are also available.

The collection prompts visitors to the exhibition to consider the impact Mackintosh has had on design over the last century and a half; the pioneering, radical ideas he embraced and how they have been distilled as his legacy developed and took on a momentum of its own.

In a world of ‘Mockintosh’ tributes and gimmicks, the Reflecting Mackintosh collection offers a genuine response and refreshing alternative for those who want to take a truly unique memory of Mackintosh home with them.

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