Taking Tea with Mackintosh

The Story of Miss Cranston's Tea Rooms

Perilla Kinchin


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In 1896, Kate Cranston, the pioneer of Glasgow tea rooms in the late nineteenth century, commissioned Charles Rennie Mackintosh—who would become one of the Western worlds’ most renowned designers—to design her tea rooms, and over the next two decades he did so with dazzling inventiveness. (Mackintosh’s wife, Margaret, herself an artist, also made important contributions to the interior designs.) Cranston and Mackintosh opened up a unique, avant-garde artistic world to thousands of ordinary people and their tea rooms became internationally famous. Taking Tea with Mackintosh illustrates their exciting collaboration with black-and-white historical photographs of the tea rooms and color photographs of their surviving components. In addition, sixteen recipes for traditional tea room cakes, breads, and pastries are supplied, offering the best chance the reader will have to revisit these extraordinary places.

We also offer a set of notecards, “The Queens”, featuring gessoed panels created by Mackintosh’s wife, Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh.  The original panels were created for Kate Cranston’s Glasgow residence, Hous’hill, and are now in the collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  The Queens


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Perilla Kinchin


Hardcover; 112 pp