004 Hill House chair, 1904 / ヒルハウスチェアとその背景

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004 Hill House 1, 1904, Early Modernist chairs, Products

How to assemble Hill House 1 chair / ヒルハウス1チェアの組み立て方


Hill House 1 chair
Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1904
Stained Ash, upholstered seat

In 1903 construction was started on Mackintosh’s largest domestic architectural commission.  The Hill House was designed for wealthy Glasgow publisher Walter W. Blackie.  The radically modern house departed from the fashionable organic forms of Art Nouveau, and was realised in a more hard edged modernist style.

Mackintosh designed every last detail of the house – fitted furniture, carpets, wall stencils, fireplaces, lighting, and of course the furniture.  Unusually for the period, the walls and ceiling were largely painted white, decorated with painted stencils.

This chair was designed in 1904 for the principal bedroom of the house.  It was clearly intended to make a dramatic silhouette against the white walls where it was placed.  Of very light construction, and with a vertical back and small seat, the chair was not made for sitting on, rather it was used as a sculptural and decorative device.  As with other pieces of furniture in the house, the design was a significant shift from the previous more feminine forms that Mackintosh had previously made, towards a more geometric linear approach, undoubtedly influenced by Japanese art and architecture.






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Interior for the Hill House 1 chair

The decoration on the wall behind the chair is shown differently in archive pictures.  Some shows a Pink rose pattern, which was  designed together with Mackintosh’s wife Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, but another picture shows a blank white wall.  This was before restoration to the original scheme. To recreate the atmosphere of original interior,  we referred to the original drawings from 1903.

The last picture in a book from Japan shows the view from their living room – we can imagine a little more sea can be seen from the bedroom where the Hill House 1 chair is located.

Some articles on RIBA website, in relation to the Mackintosh exhibition:
Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Four
Mackintosh Style





Charles Rennie Machintosh and the Four
Mackintosh Style

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