Mackintosh's last real commission, in 1916, was Derngate, a remodel of a Georgian house in the center of Northampton. Some of the finished interiors were stunning, and even today 100 years later look strikingly modern. He had lost none of his creativity, and with these interiors he pre-empted the coming Art Deco style by several years.
Being both a tribute to & inspired by Mackintoshs' designs at Derngate, we have produced some new bathroom designs. These draw on the furniture, colouring & patterns used in various places in Derngate. The bathroom plan, shown above, shows how this furniture can easily be used in a normal sized family bathroom, and you can also include a shower (in the oppisate corner to the bath). This is about adding Mackintosh style to your bathroom, to enjoy every day. This furniture is all bespoke, we don't give out sizes until we've agreed a spec. with a customer.
The idea for the furniture evolved from the living room in Derngate, with it's black painted walls & furniture. But is was the room/stairs screen especially that provided the detailing for the bathroom furniture. The screen squares were used for the vanity unit & bath panels, in the same black finish. The wall mirror follows the shape of the fire surround, with it's stepped shapes (this looks like a piece of Paul Frankl's 'Skyscraper' furniture from c. 1930!). The vanity is quite a straight forward design, with a matching stepped plinth (which allows to the user's feet to go under the unit, which is more comfortable) and a square style undermounted basin, with matching square tap. The worktop could be a white stone, or a dramatic black stone, your choice. The black & white floor tiles use the same pattern Mackintosh used on the patio & a balcony. The walls could be a simple painted colour, or white tiles, or mosaic. You could add a matching black upstand/skirting board around the room & architrave to visually link everything together. This is the basic bathroom furniture.
What really makes this bathroom furniture look superb is adding stained glass panels to some of the vanity doors. The glass designs are based on those used by Mackintosh, and are very 'Jazzy Deco' in style. The above glass panels use black & white glass, so the whole room design remains monochromatic. The asymetric placing of the stained glass panels matches the style of the screen.
This bathroom version gets more away from the monochromatic look by using Mackintosh stained glass panels that introduce yellow colour into the mix. The stained glass panels are from the Mack originals, but the Jazzy designs are enlivened with the extra colour. We can even add some stained glass panels to the bath panels, to match the look. You could potentially light behind the glass panels to emphasis the designs more. This version of the black vanity shows it with a black stone worktop.
Not everyone wants black furniture in their bathrooms, as most people want nice bright bathrooms, hence showing white versions of the furniture. Besides Mackintosh painted some of his screens, doors & furniture white at Derngate. The design above left is for a monochromatic bathroom, with matching BW stained glass panels. The design above right introduces more colour, the yellow in the stained glass. Both vanity units are shown with either a black or white stone worktop, to show you how we can play around with these designs.
The green colour for this version was derived from the kitchen at Derngate. Some of the kitchen furniture is painted a light green, and stands on a green & white tiled floor, so we have shown a version of this for the bathroom. Green is an unusual colour for a bathroom, but this would look very fresh. Or for an even more dramatic bathroom opt for the Chinese Blue Mack used for a tearoom interior, that was contemporary with Derngate. All of the above designs are made to order, so we can adapt sizes, finishes, etc. We would design & supply the whole room. We could even design a new stained glass window for the bathroom if you want it.
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