Interiors for 120 Mains Street

Interiors for 120 Mains Street

Address: G2 4EA
Date: 1900
Client: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald
Authorship: Authorship category 1 (Mackintosh) (Mackintosh)

B/W photograph of drawing room fireplace

Mackintosh decorated, and designed furniture and fittings for at least four interiors in this city-centre flat. From 1900 to 1906 it was the home of Mackintosh and his wife, artist Margaret Macdonald.

Authorship: It is generally accepted that Margaret Macdonald played an important role in the development of Mackintosh's decorative schemes in the early 1900s – notably the House for an Art Lover competition, the Rose Boudoir at Turin, and the Willow Tea Rooms – though the precise nature and extent of that input is not clear. Photographs of the flat were published in the Studio under both Mackintosh's and Macdonald's names, acknowledging her contribution to the creation of the interiors, which at the very least comprised the design and making of decorative panels. 1

Alternative addresses:
120 Blythswood Street

Status: Standing building; Mackintosh fittings removed

Current name: Mackintosh House

Current use: Offices (2014)

RCAHMS Site Number: NS56NE 2108

Grid Reference: NS 5854 6577

Notes:

1: Charles Holme, ed., Special Summer Number of the Studio: Modern British Domestic Architecture and Decoration, 1901, pp. 110–15.