Charles Rennie MacIntosh, Glasgow
One of Glasgow's best known personalities was Charles Rennie MacIntosh, an architect from the turn of the 20th century who was one of the spear headers of the Art Deco era. There Isn't a lot of his original architecture left though his angular designs are reflected in modern lookalike's, both buildings, furniture and decor. The Glasgow School of Art is one of his buildings that still stands. You can go there and pay a small fee for a tour inside the building or just have a glance inside the lobby and browse in the gift shop where they do have some very good prints of both MacIntosh designs and of the Pre Raphaelites.
There's also the Willow Tea Room on Sauchiehall Street (pronounced Socky-hall) above a jewellers. This was one of many tea rooms designed by MacIntosh and is still very similar to how he originally designed it right down to the china and cutlery. Afternoon tea here might be considered a tourist trap but it's nonetheless enjoyable for the atmosphere. The food is pretty good if not overly abundant.
Fondest memory: The Lighthouse is a museum dedicated to MacIntosh and also worth a look. It's also in the city center, just check the tourist maps. If Edinburgh souvenir shops are full of thistles and Luckenbooth symbols, Glasgow is full of MacIntosh deco style roses.
The CRM society webpage has a list of sites where you can still see examples of his work
Charles Rennie MacIntosh Society
Glasgow School of Art
Willow Tea Rooms
Charles Rennie Mackintosh designs are very popular in Glasgow (windows, jewellery, mugs, architectural motifs), it's easy to see why. The rose depicted in this window design is quite common.
Examples of his design work can be seen at the Willow Tea Rooms (designed by Mackintosh - tip coming soon) and the Glasgow School of Art.
See www.crmsociety.com for more information about the talented Glasgow-bred architect and designer.
One of Glasgows most famous sons was Charles Renee Macintosh, an architect and designer who had a very distinctive style and his mark can be seen on many buildings around the city, including the Lighthouse Gallery & his influence is all over the Willow Tearooms as well. He didn't just design buildings though, he also designed a lot of furniture and did art work.
Nowadays you can get his designs on anything from crockery, to bedding to jewellery. Personally I love Renee Macintosh style stuff :)
Glasgow is known for it's Charles Rennie McIntosh connection. My first school, was a McIntosh building, Scotland Street School, which has now been converted to school museum. The area around has been completely demolished to make way for an 8 lane highway approach to a road bridge over the Clyde but the school remains an interesting look back at how education has developed and I can still see where I scratched my name on a desk!
Fondest memory: Running into Glasgow Green, August 1983, the first Glasgow Marathon, the crowds, the atmosphere.......THE FINISH!!!!!