Architectural Musings – Hill House Inspires
Last week I took a ‘trip down memory lane’ looking through containers of photos from our travels in Europe…remember those double-print deals from Clark Photos…I have plenty of them! I was delighted to find a sleeve of photos from our trip to Scotland. Specifically, a wintry Scottish afternoon in 1996 when we visited Hill House, Charles Renee Mackintosh’s turn of the 20th Century Masterpiece built in Helensburgh, Scotland …just outside of Glasgow. Thumbing through my photos it struck me that these spaces designed in 1903, continue to be relevant in 2012…the simple Art Nouveau interior detailing and the bold, geometric, exterior feel forward-thinking…part of our current-day design vocabulary.
Browse through the following images. The basic design elements found in many spaces throughout Hill House can also be found in the images of present-day Shelter Magazines.
- Graceful interior architectural elements
- A neutral-light color palette
- Built-in furniture/storage
- Natural finishes – material selections
- Simple and honest decorative detailing
- Furniture as art
The iconic Ladderback chair
Soft-white linen panels with graphic details
The Entrance Hall: What current trend do you see here? I immediately noticed the open-caged lanterns…what we now call Industrial Vintage. Also the finish selections…simple wood beams and wall panels paired with neutral walls and floor coverings.
Another day, another post…Mackintosh as artist…his watercolors…
Here’s to creating splendid spaces – Cheers!
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