A selection of chairs that Mackintosh designed for various locations within the original Tearooms.
My association with the Mackintosh Tearooms goes back to a time prior to establishing Bruce Hamilton Furniture Makers when the company that I was working for was commissioned to make a number of small Mackintosh Domino Tables and ‘Glasgow Style’ side chairs for extra seating in the Salon De Luxe at the Willow Tearooms.
Later, when I established Bruce Hamilton Furniture Makers, I developed a business relationship with Anne Mulhern who was the owner of the Willow Tearooms at that time and I carried out small repairs to the furniture in the Salon De Luxe. As Anne expanded her business to the development the Salon De Luxe, I was commissioned to make 12 Low Back silver painted Mackintosh chairs and three Tables.
As the tearooms expanded back to the first floor mezzanine, I was commissioned to make the small Arm Chairs and the Tables for the project and a bespoke ‘CRM inspired’ gift display unit. When Anne opened her second CRM Willow Tearoom in Buchanan Street in Glasgow, I was commissioned to make the High Back Ingram Chairs and Tables for the first floor and the CRM Chinese Chairs and Table for the second floor.
In 2014,Celia Sinclair purchased the Tearooms and set up a Trust to raise funds to refurbish the building and restore the interiors to as close to the original Mackintosh design as possible. In 2016 a team of respected, talented trades and crafts people was assembled to work on project. From this group of craft workers, I was selected and commissioned to make 33 Tub Chairs for the ground and first floor for the reconstruction of the tearooms renamed ‘Mackintosh at the Willow’.
The new Mackintosh at the Willow Tearooms were official opened by HRH His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall in 2018 and I was privileged to be one of a few of the Craft Workers chosen to represent fellow workers to be introduced to HRH and his wife.
You recently made me an Ingram high back chair which was for my wife’s 60th birthday. I would just like to say how pleased I am with it. Not only are we pleased with the chair, but we are both impressed with your skills as a craftsman. Once again thanks for a great job, and thanks for making her birthday so special.