Bruce Hamilton

House for an art lover

In 1901 Charles Rennie Mackintosh entered a competition to design a “Haus Eines Kunstfreundes” or “Art Lovers House” set by German design magazine “Zeitschrift Fur Innendekoration”.

Mackintosh had to adhere the strict rules of the competition, but unfortunately his entry was disqualified for some technical breaches as he was late in submitting various internal views of the house. Mackintosh did receive high praise for his competition entry as ‘one of outstanding original design’.

For more than 80 years Mackintosh’s design was locked away in storage until, in 1989, Graham Roxburgh had the idea to build the House for an Art Lover. It took several years to get to the furnishing stage of the construction, but in 1995 Bruce Hamilton Furniture Makers was commissioned to manufacture the Dining Room Furniture for the House for an Art Lover.

With the limited information available in the Mackintosh Art Lovers House Portfolio, and with the guidance from various Mackintosh scholars, Bruce carried out research on other works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s furniture. Based on the information he gathered and with reference to the Mackintosh portfolio, Bruce drew scaled workshop drawings of the dining suite, his interpretation of Mackintosh’s watercolour drawings. After approval of his drawings, Bruce proceeded to make the first Dining Room Furniture for the House for an Art Lover, as original pieces of Mackintosh furniture, albeit manufactured 67 years after Mackintosh’s death.

Since producing the first Art Lover’s Dining Suite, Bruce has completed several replica suites and individual chairs using the same templates and jigs as the original House for an Art Lover furniture. To date, Bruce still works with Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw of Landsdowne House of Stencils when it comes to decorating the back of the Art Lovers Chairs.

The House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow is now a very successful top rated corporate event location, a much revered wedding venue and a very popular Heritage Centre for Mackintosh enthusiasts and visitors to Glasgow, Bruce will always be proud to have his work on display in the House for an Art Lover.

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Art Lovers Dining Suite

Based on a suite that Mackintosh entered in to a competition, this is a very popular suite with the original reproduction still residing at The House for An Art Lover.

White Art Lovers Dining SUITE

A white version of the Art Lovers Dining Suite that resides at the House for An Art Lover. 

Windyhill Garden Seat

Originally designed for the lower garden at Windyhill. This reproduction commissioned by Whyte & MacKay now sits at the front entrance at the House for an Art Lover.

White 'House for an Art Lover' Dining SUITE

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If you are interested in finding out more about any of the pieces here, or have any other queries please get in touch.

If you are interested in receiving a quote, or are just looking for some additional information about any of the pieces, then please contact Bruce directly or by using the contact form below. Every effort is made to get back to you within 24 hours.

(+44) 0141 959 5025

Strathcona Studio Workshop
18 Strathcona Drive
G13 1JG