I have a very special Scotland Sunday this week! It's the first feature outside Edinburgh and also represents a celebratory event--David and I celebrated our 10-year anniversary!! Seeing as tea has played such a notable role in our relationship (our first conversations were over a cuppa tea), we decided to go to one of the famous Willow Tearooms in Glasgow.
If you have ever visited Glasgow, you will know the name of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a Scottish designer and artist in the Arts and Crafts movement and also influential in the Art Nouveau movement. Glasgow has several of his masterpiece buildings (one of which, the Glasgow School of Art, is just down the street from a fabulous fabric store--Mandors!!)
Mackintosh had complete control over every aspect of the design in the Willow tearoom. The tearoom opened for business in 1903 with a special 'Room de Luxe' with high-backed silver chairs and leaded designed glass with the trademark Mackintosh rose design. The tearoom gets it's name from Sauchiehall, the street on which it stands. Sauchiehall means 'alley of the willows' and willows feature throughout the design. You can still come and enjoy a wonderful cup of tea in the willow tearoom. We always request a spot in the 'Room de Luxe' and on the day we went, we were the only people there! So we got it all to ourselves!!
It felt fitting to wear my 1933 Butterick 'Katherine Hepburn' dress and jacket since Mackintosh's designs went onto influence Art Deco in Scotland.
There is also a beautiful mural by Margaret MacDonald, Mackintosh's wife, in the tearoom:
They met at the Glasgow School of Art and I just love her designs. Here's a bbc piece on Margaret that explores her life and work.
House of the Art Lover)! What a wonderful anniversary!!