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The Argyle Chair was designed for Miss Cranston's Tea Rooms in Argyle Street, Glasgow. The high back Argyle chairs were placed around the tables in the center of the room in order to create an intimate island. Although Mackintosh is unanimously considered one of the outstanding figures of Art Nouveau, in many aspects his work anticipates some themes of Modernism. It is no coincidence that Nicolas Pevsner includes him in his "Pioneers of Modern Design" (1936). Wylie Sypher, in his "From Rococo to Cubism" (1960), specifies how both rococo and art nouveau were movements within the decorative arts that were integrated into architecture as well. In Mackintosh's interior designs, stylized lines and geometric forms reinforce an architectural dialog which from Art Nouveau onwards, with the progressive marginalization of 19th century decorative syntax, mirrored the unification of interior design and architecture characterizing the modern movement.
The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Argyle Chair is constructed of black lacquered ashwood. The seat cushion is available in a wide variety of fabrics or leather.
Made in Italy.
Dimensions: H 53 1/2" x D 18" x W 19"; SH 18" Materials: Black lacquered ashwood Argyle chair with upholstered seat. Seat in expanded foam.