Episode 2 ~ Chair of the month: 292 Hill House chair
In 1901, during the beginning of the Modernism movement, in the outskirt of Glasgow, Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed the bedroom of the Hill House.
Opening the door to Japanese influences, new lines and provoking the renewal of the furniture style. Mackintosh formulate a chair that can became the center of the room, completing it and making sense. In a time that design opens its mine to new graphics and influences after decades of English austerity and Arts & Crafts.
In that bedroom everything changes. The color palette changed to a neutral and creamy tone with small touches of intense red and black. Between two white wardrobes and in a lateral wall the chairs became the center of the composition.
Made with lacquered oak and 140 cm height, with a cream color seat and a high back composed by wood bands forming a grid, the design was unusual and impressing for the time.
Too many designers make their own model of the Hill House Chair but, currently Cassina is manufacturing the model following the original design with the original fabric in many colors for 1900€.
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