Sketch by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at the RIBA exhibition

Mackintosh Architecture at RIBA

It was a pleasure to drop into RIBA this week to check out their latest exhibition on the work of the Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Surprisingly, this is the first major exhibition dedicated to Mackintosh’s work and showcases some of his lesser known projects alongside his more well known designs like the iconic Glasgow School of Art. Working in the early 1900s, Mackintosh had a thoroughly new approach to modern architecture combining a more pared down style with elements of Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau while also designing interiors, lighting and furniture. Comprised of just three rooms, the exhibitions packs in a great deal of material – there are over 60 original drawings, watercolours and models on view. What’s most interesting is a timeline at the beginning of the show which charts his career and connects his work to contemporaries like Frank Lloyd Wright and Josef Hoffmann, all masters at design in every sense.

Mackintosh Architecture, The Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD. Until 23 May