Furniture

More Mackintosh at 78

WashstandJan2019A project begun in 2015 with the purchase at auction of a ceramic washbowl has been completed almost four years later. When Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed the Guest Bedroom of 78 Derngate a washstand for the use of guests was included in the scheme.

W.J Bassett-Lowke’s photographs of the room which were published in
‘The Ideal Home’ in 1920 show that the washstand was replete with distinctive ceramic ware in a secessionist style. Research has shown that Joseph Maria Olbrich, indeed the very designer of the Secessionsgebäude (Secession Building) in Vienna is the designer of the washbowl. Mackintosh and Olbrich met on several occasions and his sympathies with the Secession and Wiener Werkstätte are reflected in the design of the Guest Bedroom - a ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ and the other Mackintosh work at 78 Derngate.

The beautiful washstand made by Professor Jake Kaner from Nottingham Trent University was completed with the addition of the final component, the oak, glass and silk splashback panel just before Christmas. Funded by
The Friends of 78 Derngate it’s a splendid recreation that can be enjoyed by visitors to the house this coming 2019 season and beyond.

Washstand part 2

WashstandOct2018
The Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Guest Bedroom at 78 Derngate has a further and beautiful new addition that can be seen by visitors to the house this Autumn.

Thanks to the generosity of The Friends of 78 Derngate, we've been able to commission Professor Jake Kaner from Nottingham Trent University to make a replica of the second component of the Mackintosh-designed washstand which originally stood in the corner of the room. This joins the
base cabinet and washbowl which both arrived in 2015.
The washstand is made of oak veneered ply with an adjustable tilting mirror and locking vanity side cupboards. A blue and black stencilled checkerwork detail frames the mirror. The design matches the other furniture in the room and shows Mackintosh's use of the square in both a decorative and structural manner. The original washstand is on display at The Hunterian Art Gallery in Glasgow [
online catalogue information ] where a replica room setting of the Guest Bedroom has been created. The third and final part of the washstand set, a silk and glass splashback is planned for installation before the end of 2018.

Jake has made all of the replica Mackintosh furniture at 78 Derngate and has worked with us from the start of the restoration and we're delighted that he has been able to create another piece of exceptional quality for our visitors to enjoy. The re-creation of this piece further completes Mackintosh's strikingly modern vision for this unique interior and gives a sense of the experience enjoyed by the guests who stayed in this room 100 years ago.

Visitors to 78 Derngate are now able to view the new washstand on display.

Roger Billcliffe visits 78 Derngate

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We were glad, recently, to welcome Roger Billcliffe to 78 Derngate. Roger is the world's leading authority on Charles Rennie Mackintosh's furniture and the author of the definitive work on the subject.
We were honoured in 2012 when he declared that 78 Derngate "sets the bar high for other owners of Mackintosh buildings" and commended the restoration of the house. We stock Roger's latest Mackintosh title, 'Visiting Charles Rennie Mackintosh' - which is a super guide to all major Mackintosh sites for visitors. It can also be purchased online from his
website.

More Mackintosh at 78 Derngate

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The Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed designed Guest Bedroom at 78 Derngate has an exciting new addition.

Following our recent appeal, and thanks to the generosity of The Friends of 78 Derngate, we've been able to commission Jake Kaner from Buckinghamshire New University in High Wycombe to make a replica of the washstand which originally stood in the corner of the room. The washstand is made of oak with a blue and black chequer decoration on the edges. The design matches the other furniture in the room and shows Mackintosh's use of the square in both a decorative and structural manner. The original washstand is on display at The Hunterian Art Gallery in Glasgow where a replica room setting of the Guest Bedroom has been created.

Jake has made all the replica Mackintosh furniture at 78 Derngate and has worked with us from the start of the restoration. We were delighted that he was able to create another piece of exceptional quality for the house. In Mr Bassett-Lowke’s time a Joseph Maria Olbrich - designed bowl stood on the washstand. Pictured on our new washstand is an identical bowl acquired at auction in Edinburgh last year.

Visitors to 78 Derngate are now able to view the new washstand on display.