Mackintosh Ladder Back
It is a change for us to make reproduction furniture. However we couldn’t refuse a large commission for an iconic Mackintosh chair for an iconic Mackintosh building. The original Willow Tearoom on Sauchiehall Street has international importance as the first building where Charles Rennie Mackintosh (along with his wife Margaret Macdonald) designed all of the exterior and interior including furniture, lighting, tableware and gesso panels to create a beautiful Art Nouveau masterpiece.
We have made 125 Ladder-back Chairs (a design CRM then evolved into some of his most iconic chairs) for ‘Mackintosh at the Willow’. A reproduction of the original Charles Rennie Mackintosh chairs, the chairs are the same size as they were in 1903 which is in keeping with the proportions of the original room.
Our expertise with steam-bending allowed us to bend the back slats into the curved shape (keeping the wood fibres intact and strong), thereby invisibly strengthening the chair.
The chairs have hand twisted rush – a very labour intensive process taking at least a day per seat. The black finish is made of a black stain, a black wax and a black oil which feels lovely and will be hard wearing. Most original Mackintosh furniture has been overpainted with thick gloss paints so our finish might seem unusually natural and sympathetic to the timber.
The Ladder-back Chairs are available to order in the shop and will continue as a numbered edition.