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Hill House

The Hill House was designed in 1902 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for the publisher Walter M Blackie. The building was completed, with some alterations to the original design, and handed over to Blackie in 1904. It is widely regarded as Mackintosh’s best domestic design.

Hill House is a mix of Arts and Craft s, Art Nouveau, Scotti sh Baronial and Japonisme architecture and design.

Mackintosh was known for his cutti ng- edge design and the approach at the Hill House fuses contemporary, early 20th-century features with Scotti sh vernacular traditi ons to create a very special building.

He designed nearly everything in the house – from decorati ve schemes, the furniture to the fitti ngs and contents. This totality adds to the building’s signifi-cance. Mackintosh’s att enti on to detail was astounding. From the shape and space of rooms, decorati on of the walls, lights and light fitti ngs, the furniture, including built-in furniture, to the smallest fitments, all were carefully designed to be both practi cal and aestheti c. This is typical of Mackintosh’s design philosophy.

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