Mackintosh was a designer's designer. And while his work appeals to a large audience, to another designer, producing work in his style, the sheer range of his work and the imagination are an inspiration for designing new work. So when it comes to making new wardrobes for customers why is it everyone goes to the same 2 original Mack wardrobes (from Hill House)? Mack designed lots of wardrobes throughout his productive years and an astonishing variety of cabinet furniture bursting with ideas for new work. This is our approach to new work; design and make new pieces using Mackintosh's ideas as inspiration. He would have respected that more than just straight copying his work.
This web page, while showing a particular style of Mack robes, will go beyond that to show what you can achieve with new designs. The original display cabinet/bookcase above formed the basis of the new designs. This is a process you could do with many Mack pieces of furniture or designs. So this exercise took a piece of his furniture and experimented with designing as many variations of it as you could think of adapting it to wardrobes. There is a progression as you go down, from simple basic 2 door wardrobes to 4 to 6 door robes, to bookcases to media units, to units built around a bed. You can vary these designs endlessly, but this will give you a good idea of what can be achieved.
These robe designs are classic Mackintosh in style and elegant. The cabinets themselves are very straightforward, with square door panels. What makes the robes are the stained glass decorative panels, which combine colour with an abstract design. These robes work with an even or odd number of doors. These robes are quite reasonable cost wise to produce. The stained glass does add quite a bit to the overall cost as you would imagine, but not overly (the glass panels are not big and the design is not too complicated). You can choose any handles you want to go with these robes. The robes themselves can be supplied freestanding or built-in, primed/painted or wood finished. If having built-in robes they are usually finally painted in the room, as they may get some marking during installation. The carcases can be fitted out however you like, and are generally a wood interior. We can use any handles you like. Bear in mind it is usually not practical to deliver completely assembled wardrobes, due to access problems and the weight - they are usually assembled in the bedroom. Made to order. Also, please ensure you have enough clearance for hinged doors. We can fit these out as you want. We don't discuss sizes or pricing until we've agreed a spec with a customer.
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