Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Macintosh Glasgow

These drawings (sketches, really, done very quickly during a guided tour of the Glasgow School of Art) show some of the images of the designs by Charles Rennie Macintosh.

The building was a very unusual design. He was influenced by seamen coming in from exotic places, and the things they saw and brought back with them, hanging about in pubs looking at the sketches they brought back from Japan.
Lamps, building design, signs and staircases had a japanese influence to them.
The typed notes were added when the drawings were scanned, to make it easier to read.

See the signature of the tour guide in the sketch on the right at the bottom of the page.

Traveling with a journal or sketchbook, people will come and talk and ask about the drawings. A very good conversation starter. Sketches were done in permanent fine tip marker without pencil drawings first, very spontaneous and freely.

Photographs were not permitted during the tour, so the sketches captured the visual images. The tour guide didn't mind the sketches and notes.

Everything was designed by Macintosh, from hinges to heating vents to lamps. The beams in the ceilings and the legs of the library tables were carved with designs. Seeing the dark wood, the copper and the steel designs creates style influences even now.

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