Monday, September 22, 2008

Washstand, 1904

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is the scottish designer of the Washstand. The stand is made of oak, ceramic tile, colored and mirrored glass, and lead. It stands at 63 1/4 x 51 1/4 x 20 3/8 in. It was designed to be part of the furnishings for the Blue Bedroom in Hous'hill, which is an eighteenth century suburb residence. The designer is known for his unique designs based on forms and materials from his traditional Scottish background. This style of furniture can be categorized as unique through its vibrant colors combining mirrored glass, ceramic tile and oak, without which it probably would have faded out with all other similar washstands. The style portrays that of the Art Nouveau period with the simple lines and curve seen in the mirrored glass. It is balanced by its symmetry from the left to the right but if you turn it on its side you might find that its triangular posts are very assymetrical. The backdrop shows a strong gesture in the peice with the way it plays with natural light and color. This is one of the many reasons why the backdrop can now be found sold as posters for about 200 dollars, which is appropriate for this designer. He used to be part of a team who produced poster designs, watercolors, and small decorative objects before he worked for an architecture firm. The washstand is an example of this architect/designer at the peak of his creativity.


"Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Washstand, 1994.120)" In timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000-.


This is a City Washstand by Urban Archaelogy. As you can see, the washstand has dramatically altered it shape into a form with less mass and material. It has very clean modern lines with no space for storage except for its counter which is made of granite. Unlike Mackintosh's washstand which has plenty of storage. The modern style also contrast because it directly becomes unified with the space because it is built to connect with the wall. The traditional washstand is an element within the space which can be moved according to the owners wish. One of the most important observations is the most apparent which is that it has a functioning sink unlike the previous one which shows no indication that it is a washstand except for the ceramic tile that proves water is allowed.

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