Ladder Back Chair – 1903

The Ladder Back Chair (Hill House Chair) is an iconic chair created in 1903 by the architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

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Chair ‘Ladder-back chair’ – Glasgow in United Kingdom – Made by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 2006 (originally 1903)

Image source: https://search.creativecommons.org/photos/77a8356f-a126-426a-ac10-ccd1d298867d by Yanajin33

What is the main feature of the Ladder Back Chair?

The Hill House chair was exclusively designed for the White Bedroom of Mackintosh’s famous Hill House in Scotland. It is an example of the style of the Arts and Crafts movement.  This chair combines figurative and symbolic ideals with linear geometry undoubtedly inspired by the abstract graphics of Japanese design. It is more than just a chair in the sense that it exemplifies the articulation of space by the Mackintosh, with its high back and rows of horizontal bars topped with mesh: planks and straight posts crossed together to create a solid frame.

File:Maxistuhl Hill House von Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Weil am Rhein-Friedlingen, Hauptstr 374, 2.jpg
Maxistuhl Hill House von Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Weil am Rhein-Friedlingen, Hauptstr 374, Maßstab 3:1, 1903

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The strictly geometric structure contrasts sharply with the delicate white décor of the master bedroom. The elegant Ladder Back Chair is extremely delicate and decorated for purely aesthetic purposes. The slender hind legs are elliptical with a series of ladders connecting them together. The seat cushion is also very small to emphasize the fragility of the chair.


Hill House 1
Design Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Seat- Solid beech with crossed elastic webbing.
Upholstery, Exclusive velvet in wisteria or petroleum green color.

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Mackintosh felt that in this case, the design was far more important than the function, and the chair was intended more as an art piece than to actually be used as a chair. The Ladder Back Chair has many modernist features with a minimalist design. It is a piece of furniture with a strong decorative effect, elegant and appropriate for every type of environment, and which is still surprisingly current.

Northampton, 78 Derngate - Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1)
Northampton, 78 Derngate – Charles Rennie Mackintosh (78 Derngate is the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.)

Image source: https://search.creativecommons.org/photos/6cf82fb2-dfad-45b9-b59f-d7e788793333 by Barry B’s Photography


Info sources:

www.designophy.com

www.1stdibs.com

For more references, please also visit: www.jbdesign.it/idesignpro

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