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Glasgow Style Vessel and Research

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  • Glasgow Style Vessel and Research
    An in-depth research project on The Glasgow School & The Four
  • The purpose of this assignment was two fold: research a designmovement, and explore the hand/conceptual skills required to design something3-dimensional. I had to create a vessel/container/package to hold my researchand every piece was to be a reflection of the design movement in some way. Mychosen design movement was the Glasgow School and I focused on the fourdefining designers of the movement: Charles Rennie Mackintosh, MargaretMacDonald Mackintosh, Frances MacDonald McNair, and Herbert McNair. Also knownas the Spook School they were known for their elongated figures and theirinspiration drawn from nature and Celtic influences.

    Through my research I was inspired to create a chair modeledafter those of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The chair is about 1.5 feet tall andmade from painted basswood. The seat of the chair reads “The Glasgow Style”, paintedin the style of Mackintosh’s own handwriting. The seat serves as a fitted lidand when opened reveals the space inside. The bottom of this compartment isdecorated with a stenciled rose motif. The rose is a recurring motif particularlyin Mackintosh's designs and stenciling was a frequently used technique by theGlasgow Four. They used in often in interior designs, such as on the walls and upholsteryof furniture. Within the seat of the chair sits a hand-bound, hardcover book whichrepresents the work they did with bookplates and the publishing industry. Thebook consists of portraits of the Four and a selection of their independent andcollaborative graphic works.

    Below is the Presentation Board for the project which shows the respective parts of the project.
  • The Presentation Board