Rennie Mackintosh designs go online to mark opening of Furniture Village store in Northampton

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Furniture Village has opened a new store in Northampton and has teamed up with the 78 Derngate Trust to celebrate the work of furniture designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

The furniture retailer opened its new store on the Riverside Retail Park earlier this month creating 10 jobs.

Rennie Mackintosh design

Rennie Mackintosh design

And to mark the opening the company is hosting an online gallery of Mackintosh designs and sketches.

Furniture Village decided to pay tribute to Mackintosh, because of his strong connection with the Northampton area, by collaborating with experts from the 78 Derngate Trust. 78 Derngate in Northampton is the sole example of a Mackintosh interior that exists outside of Scotland. The interior and furniture of 78 Derngate was designed and remodelled by Mackintosh between 1916 and 1917 for Northampton business magnate and patron, W.J. Bassett-Lowke.

Furniture Village is to publish select sketches of the designer’s unfinished ideas for 78 Derngate, side by side with the actual realisations of his ideas, providing additional insights into the creative process. The gallery of images can be seen here: www.furniturevillage.co.uk

Furniture Village has also worked with the curators of Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of Mackintosh works, for expert analysis of Mackintosh’s process and life.

Rennie Mackintosh design

Rennie Mackintosh design

Pamela Robertson, senior curator at the Hunterian Museum and Head of Mackintosh Studies at the University of Glasgow, said: “Mackintosh was one of the outstanding creative figures of the late-19th and early-20th centuries. His designs for 78 Derngate illustrate his mastery of architectural form and interior design, creating buildings as works of art. In addition, he was an exceptional watercolour artist. The full range of his achievements is richly represented in the unrivalled Mackintosh Collection held at The Hunterian Museum, and his continuing influence is evidenced by the tribute being paid to him by Furniture Village.”

Charlie Harrison, director of marketing at Furniture Village, said, “Northampton is famous for its Mackintosh connection. With our new store here, we felt it was fitting to pay tribute to a figure who has had such huge influence on the design of interiors, and most importantly for us, furniture. Mackintosh redefined the role that furniture plays in a room, emphasising that it’s more than just objects to sit or place things on. That’s really important to us, and something we wanted to celebrate.”

To see the gallery visit www.furniturevillage.co.uk/magazine/Design-Heros/Rennie-Mackintosh.aspx

For more information on the 78 Derngate Trust images and the Northampton store, visit www.furniturevillage.co.uk

Images reproduced courtesy of the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow

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