Charles Rennie Mackintosh Inspires Some of Our Most Beautiful Stained Glass Windows

The Beauty of Stained Glass

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was one of the most prolific stained glass artisans of all time. His captivating, colorful designs create an elegant, uplifting atmosphere and add noticeable artistic beauty to the room. Mackintosh stained glass designs are loved by every Scotsman, including our owner, Martin Faith, who was born in Scotland!

Mackintosh Stained Glass - A Word from Our Owner

“I grew up close to the Glasgow School of Art. Mackintosh designed the whole building including every piece of furniture and all the stained glass” says Martin. “Mackintosh even designed the font for the lettering which is used in and around the building. The font now called willow is also used by Scottish Stained Glass for our logos. I would encourage anyone visiting Glasgow to have tea at the Willow Tearooms in Sauchiehall Street where the multi talented Mackintosh designed everything – including the teaspoons. I probably pay more attention to our Mackintosh designs than I do with any other design style. I want to make sure every aspect is perfect just in case he is looking over my shoulder!”

Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Architect and Designer

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He not only attended the Glasgow School of Art but in 1896 was commissioned to design a new building for the School. 

In his professional work, Mackintosh was an architect but not just an architect. He also would design the entire interior of his buildings including the furniture, artwork, and stained glass windows. In this way, Mackintosh was able to bring consistency to the buildings he designed as well as a captivating beauty that radiated from the inside out.

Mackintosh Style Designs from Scottish Stained Glass

Mackintosh’s work has influenced thousands of stained glass artists around the world, including those who work at our studio. Like many, we are inspired by the depth, detail, and brilliance of Mackintosh’s designs.

Our Mackintosh-inspired stained glass panels feature a design aesthetic similar to the original works but with a modern twist. Elements from Mackintosh designs such as “the four squares” and the “Mackintosh Rose” design, sometimes called the Glasgow Rose, are featured prominently in our work. However, our designs focus on our own interpretation of Mackintosh’s style. This preserves their originality and uniqueness. Additionally, we have also been able to incorporate some of Mackintosh’s furniture designs and general artwork into our stained glass creations.

Recreating the Timeless Beauty of Mackintosh Stained Glass

One of the great qualities of the stained glass designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh was his ability to effortlessly move from very geometric “Mission Style” designs to free flowing “Art Nouveau” styles. Sometimes at Scottish Stained Glass we have even combined both the geometric and the free flowing styles into a single design with some stunning results which we are really proud of.

Using our CAD system, we have designed and manufactured several hundred Mackintosh style designs. These now grace the homes of our clients all over the United States and around the world.

Getting Started with the Design Process

To get started in the design process, simply send us an email or call our office. We will work with you to design a one-of-a-kind Charles Rennie MacKintosh style panel for your window, door, or transom or simply a beautiful artistic glass window to hang in your home. And if you need the window panel installed, we can help with that as well! Our services are available to homeowners, churches, and businesses all across the United States.

Installation of Your Charles Rennie MacKintosh Stained Glass

Scottish Stained Glass is manufactured locally in the USA. Upon completion of your stained glass, we will either ship it to you or arrange for one of our installers to visit your home and carry out the installation for you. 

The History of Mackintosh Stained Glass

Charles Rennie Mackintosh is known not only for the beauty of his stained glass windows, but also the brilliance and innovation behind them. From the beginning, Mackintosh’s skills stood out in the artist community and were widely praised by his peers.  He was the recipient of the Alexander Thomson Travelling Studentship and received his formal education from the Glasgow School of Art. His first position of employment was at the architectural firm Honeyman and Keppie. 

Mackintosh drew inspiration from his unique location in Glasgow, which at the time, was a main hub for industrial production. Commonly, the town would receive visitors from around the world, who were sailing from places far abroad. The experience of living in Glasgow during such a time translated heavily into his work. He began to create designs that incorporated both western and eastern influences.

Characteristics of Mackintosh Stained Glass

Mackintosh had a unique ability for being able to create connections between seemingly parallel worlds. Within the same design, he would use both harsh lines and soft, elegant curves. Geometric patterns were combined with elements from the natural world like flowers and leaves. His stained glass windows contained dark, heavy materials but were used to create light, airy spaces. 

Mackintosh’s designs transcended time and space. Flawlessly, he blended modern aesthetics with age-old techniques and incorporated cultural symbols from around the world. Today, his work is associated with early modernism, art-nouveau, and Japonisme.

Mackintosh’s Artistic Influence

When Mackintosh was still a student at the Glasgow School of Art, he began taking evening classes. It was during these classes that he met with his peers Margaret MacDonald, Frances MacDonald, and Herbert MacNair. Together, the students formed a collaborative group and became known as “The Glasgow Four.” They toured together and gained a strong reputation for their remarkable exhibits. Eventually, the artistic style they produced became known as the “Glasgow Style.” 

Later, in the early 1900’s, the Glasgow Style became a strong influence for the Viennese Art Nouveau movement known as the Vienna Secession. The movement was similar to Art Nouveau and was established by a group of Austrian artists. Mackintosh’s work was also a strong source of inspiration for artists Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.

Order Mackintosh Inspired Stained Glass

Bring the distinct beauty of Mackintosh inspired art into your home. Call Scottish Stained Glass today to place an order for a custom designed, Mackintosh inspired stained glass window.

Getting Started with the Design Process

To get started in the design process simply send us an email or call our office with the dimensions of the stained glass you would like to create. We will work with you to design a one of a kind Charles Rennie MacKintosh style panel for your window, door, transom or simply a beautiful artistic glass window to hang in your home. If you need the window panel installed we can even help with that, anywhere in the US..

Installation of Your Charles Rennie
MacKintosh Stained Glass

Scottish Stained Glass is manufactured locally here in the USA and we will either ship it to you or arrange for one of our installers to visit your home and carry out the installation for you. The actual installation is very simple so most home owners do it themselves and we have videos to show you how easy it is.

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