||Undisputedly the most eminent Scot designer of the early century, The Scottish Art Nouveau movement was typified by the work of Charles Rennie Macintosh with wonderfully the restrained quality of style. In his home town of Glasgow he exhibited with 3 others, they were dubbed "the Four", and exhibited together all around Europe from 1894-1900.he eventually married one of them, Margaret MacDonald in 1900.
The Macintosh style was very individual and unique. He would design rooms carefully attending to every detail with a very holistic approach. Once on his own he designed extensively in Glasgow, very notable the Glasgow school of Art, which was a masterwork. Many private residences and public buildings around Glasgow. A special patron, known as Miss Cranston hired Charles to design her Tea Rooms, which produced famous interior and furniture design classics. The Tea rooms, private residences like Hill House and his own house in Glasgow illustrate the unique genius restrained the predominant Art Nouveau style with a unique world of color, pattern and form. Contrasting elements, modern with tradition, light with dark, using stylizes floral and Celtic elements.
Later in his life, suffering from bouts of depression and insanity he left Scotland and moved to the south of France where he committed himself to painting watercolors. We remember him as an important and critical keystone in the direction of the Modern Movement. He was the leading designer of the Glasgow School and his influence was considerable.