Design Objects - Ladder Back Chair for the Hill House (1902)

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh is one of the English protagonists in the design of the Twenties Century. After graduating from the School of Arts in Glasgow, he was commissioned by the editor Walter Blackie to design his Hill House at Helensburgh in Scotland. 

Blackie has remained fascinated by the Mackintosh approach. The design of the entire house, starting from the architecture and until the smallest details like tableware and door handle, must be done by the same designer and following the same elements. For the bedroom of Blackie, Mackintosh had designed the Ladder Back Chair (the chair with the back of a ladder). 

Taking inspiration from the floral naturalism in Art Nouveau, Mackintosh adopted the abstract linear geometry inspired by the Japanese design. Willing to balance up the opposites, he designed a dark ash tree structure, like ebony, making a perfect contrast with the white walls behind. The height of the backrest, obviously exaggerated, was meant to emphasize the size of the space. 

Since 1973 until today, this design object is produced under license by the Italian company Cassina.

Public price 2.100 € (vat included)

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