Mackintosh designed this washstand (shown below) for the Blue bedroom in Hous'hill, for Kate Cranston, one of Mackintosh's best patrons. With its wonderful shape and abstract panel of glass & tile, the washstand shows Mack at the height of his creative powers. This started out as doing a CAD drawing prior to making a reproduction of this original washstand in oak. But once that was done it just kept progressing into designing variations and new uses, much as Mack himself did with his own work. The overall shape is quite straight forward, but the sloped side panels give it a striking profile. Another wonderful touch is the cantilevered drawers sections, with the recessed handles picked out in colour. Although the piece was designed as a washstand it lends itself very well to use as a bookcase, console table, desk or bureau bookcase.
There are various options you could have for the splashback and worktop, and these will depend on your preference, budget and the look you want to acheive. The design above uses a matching oak panel and worktop. Or we could use a generic small square blue tile backing to suggest the original design & colour. Or we could replicate the original as much as possible, but this will be an expensive option. Likewise the worktop could be tiled as the original, or marble, granite, Quartz stone, slate, Corian, wood, rather than tiled. This cabinet can be finished as the original one, or we could finish it in a range of typical Mack colours/finishes as shown below. We don't discuss sizes or pricing until we've agreed a spec with a customer.
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These vanity unit washstand designs all show a sit-on sink basin. This should allow the waste pipe to be hidden behind the drawer line. But you could as easily have an undermounted sink for a cleaner look, but the bottle trap would be visible below the drawerline. Unless you had doors on the bottom section to hide this. We've shown recessed handles which most Mack enthusiasts would prefer, but there is no reason we can't use other handles. A couple of the designs show a towel ring fixed to the side, a practical touch Mack himself might have done.
Mackintosh furniture came in many different finishes, depending on the effect he wanted in a given interior or depending on the customer's preference. Above we've shown several 'typical' Mackintosh finishes you could have, from oak in various finishes, to painted & lacquered finishes. Please note we do not supply the Mackintosh chairs (they are just not economical to do as one offs). The above designs show some changes you could make to the original design, such as adding more shelves, or enclosing some of the open areas with doors, which works surprisingly well. The white cabinet bottom right uses Mack's leaded glass design from a washstand at Hill House. But there are many variations in the designs that can be made; we've used this cabinet design for some sideboards, vanity units & even kitchen dressers - all shown in our relevant sections.
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