We stayed for a few days with our friends in France, where they have an old farmhouse well away from town in a peaceful spot with roses and fruit trees. In the sweltering heat we preferred to stay indoors, protected by two-foot walls, but the evenings were pleasant in the garden under the vines. Over … Continue reading A HOUSE IN FRANCE
I was pleased to be asked by the flower arrangers of St Albans Cathedral to make a bowl for the Lady Chapel in memory of one of their members, and today I went to see how they had used it. Cascades of white flowers under the statue of the Madonna almost obscure it (above), but … Continue reading ST ALBANS CATHEDRAL
Leighton House Museum, the house Frederic Leighton built for himself in Holland Park, which I visited yesterday, will start a big improvement programme soon, due for completion in 2021. Leighton House is famous for its Orientalist decoration, furnished from Leighton's travels in the near East, and notable for walls covered in Iznik and Persian tiles … Continue reading LEIGHTON HOUSE MUSEUM
The Society of Designer Craftsmen is excited to be working with Elliot Payne Architects to ensure the Society continues to be the success it is today. To help secure our future, we are currently fundraising to refurbish our headquarters in London's vibrant Shoreditch to provide a members gallery for public exhibitions and creative spaces where members can meet clients and take part in workshops.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh absorbed arts and crafts ideas but went beyond them. He never thought that everything should be made by hand or that art was a moral crusade, and however much his buildings resonate with Scottish precedent, they anticipate modernism in their bold abstract shapes.
The scaffolding on the Glasgow School of Art indicated that it would be improved beyond its condition when fire struck in 2014. Now another fire has undone the painstaking restoration of the last three years.
CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH. His exhibits with the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society may not have been well received by other members.