Charles Rennie Mackintosh - Kitchen (1)


CR Mackintosh fitted painted kitchen furniture


CR Mackintosh fitted painted kitchen furniture CR Mackintosh fitted painted kitchen furniture

Another stunning kitchen, for a customer in N. London. The main design influence for the kitchen came from CR Mackintosh's Hill House kitchen, shown below. A quick look at the Mackintosh original & the new dresser reveals the close design. The green painted finish was influenced by some Mack & Philip Webb ( used for various schemes, inc. Standen). Interestingly, Mack used Voysey's heart cut-outs in his base unit doors. The kitchen was fitted with black granite worktops.


Hill House original dresser & new version;
CR Mackintosh Hill House fitted kitchen dresser furniture CR Mackintosh fitted painted kitchen furniture

Before & after photographs;
CR Mackintosh Hill House fitted painted kitchen dresser furniture CR Mackintosh Hill House fitted painted kitchen dresser furniture
CR Mackintosh Hill House fitted painted kitchen dresser furniture CR Mackintosh Hill House fitted painted kitchen dresser furniture

The kitchen was a tricky shape, being medium length & narrow, with a large alcove. The kitchen was extended by the customer to give a long narrow room. We designed a new garden door with windows either side. The window fanlights were divided into squares to tie in with the new kitchen furniture.


Kitchen designs;
CR Mackintosh Glasgow school fitted  painted kitchen elevation CR Mackintosh Glasgow school fitted kitchen plan
CR Mackintosh Glasgow school fitted  painted kitchen elevation design CR Mackintosh Glasgow school fitted kitchen dresser furniture design

There are lots of typical Mackintosh 'faces' in these designs, from the wall to tall units to the 2 stained glass windows in the alcove. The main elevation is shown top left, & conveys the beuty of the design. There are a few curves introduced as well, to echo the alcove wall curves, & because Mackintosh used them himself in his furniture designs. There is a plate rack directly above the sink, very practical. The last unit, next to the alcove, was angled (more clearly shown on the plan top right); this made movement much easier between the alcove/hob, island and main run of units. If we hadn't doen this the island would have had to be smaller to give adequate clearance. The plan shows how the kitchen has a spacious feel, even though it includes quite a lot of units.

Bottom left shows 2 tall units, one an integrated fridge freezer & the other a tall pull-out wire baskets units, which is great for storing lots of stuff. Tha tall units were put at the back of the room, in corners, where they don't cut out the light much. The doors to the kitchen were also designed new, to include matching glazed top panels to match the kitchen furniture, and allow cross light to/from the hallway/kitchen. The dresser, based on the one at Hill House, was done as a watercolour in Mackintosh style for the customer. The runs of furniture along one side wall was stopped short to allow room for a dining table & chairs. 3 Mackintosh ceiling lights were hung over the table. An island was added for extra storage & preparation area. The island had to be kept quite narrow to allow good access to & from the room.


Before & After;
CR Mackintosh fitted  painted kitchen furniture CR Mackintosh fitted kitchen furniture

You can see how tricky the alcove was to plan. A nice touch was to angle the end unit & stone worktop, to allow for easy movement between the alcove and sink area. An island was added for extra storage & preparation area. The island had to be kept quite narrow to allow good access to & from the room. 2 tall units were added to the back corner, where they couldn't cut out light in the kitchen. These included an integrated freezer & a tall pull-out unit.

The following photographs show the kitchen before & after for the various units. From these you can also appreciate the mess involved in installing a new kitchen. The room was stripped bare, then plastered. The kitchen had to be installed before any decoration took place, because the furniture was built-in to the ceiling, and a new cornice added around the room, to tie everything togethered visually.


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Again the tall units were positioned in the far corner, to avoid cutting out light in the kitchen. They included a tall integrated fridge & another tall pull-out unit, which give maximum storage.

The base & wall units of this run are very much based on CR Mackintosh's kitchen for Hill House. The latticed doors of the wall cupboards form a series of squares, picked up in the cut-out details on the doors & even in the door handles.


Kitchen Details
CR Mackintosh kitchen door sample CR Mackintosh kitchen cupbord handle CR Mackintosh new kitchen door with stained glass panel

We supplied the customer with several versions of the green paint for the kitchen. We also mocked up 3 different sizes for the 4 square hole detail in the doors (the middle photo shows all 3 on 1 door to show their scale). This made it very easy for the customer to choose from. The middle photograph shows the door handle used for the furniture. For further examples of handles see the main Arts & Crafts index page. You cannot underestimate the difference good quality well designed handles make to a kitchen. We also designed new kitchen doors, and matching doors for other rooms, with a stained glass panel in the top ( the stained glass was similar in design & colours to the 2 stained glass windows in the alcove. As always, the devil is in the detail. Even the low voltage ceiling spot lights were square in shape!




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