One of the treats of teaching the history of design is that I find myself being MORE fascinated by the spaces and designers I thought I did not like. Art Nouveau,Deco and the like being styles that make me uncomfortable….. But in order explain the work of Fauvist painters I looked to Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Willow Tea Rooms for explanation. As the art world was charging course forever during the early 19th century-design was making small steps to modernism.
The tea rooms are amazing examples of the ‘total work”-Mackintosh designed everything from the menu to the servers uniforms. I even like the purple used in this space????