It was a great honour to be involved in a project with this level of ambition and to meet and work alongside the incredible artisans and makers for such a worthy cause, close to the heart of all Glaswegians!
Mackintosh at the Willow is the A listed, internationally recognised, original Willow Tea Rooms Building at 217 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow. The famous Tea Rooms first opened in 1903 and are of huge importance to Glasgow’s architectural and cultural heritage and are the only surviving Tea Rooms designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for local entrepreneur and patron Miss Kate Cranston.
The building had fallen into near ruin until it was purchased in 2014 by The Willow Tea Rooms Trust in order to prevent the forced sale of the building and loss of its contents to collectors.
For the last 4 years it has been undergoing an extensive restoration in order to bring it back to its former glory, to reopen it to the public and create a sustainable future. It was my role to document this meticulous process as each of the makers worked on their own individual contributions to the restoration project. This involved following the work of master blacksmiths, world renowned textile designers, furniture makers and stained glass artists to name but a few! It is an exciting look into the artists themselves, their beautiful workspaces and tools of the trade as well as their stunning pieces which can now be viewed proudly in place at Mackintosh At The Willow!
My thanks to the incredible makers for making my job so easy!