Charles Rennie Mackintosh Font

The Mackintosh font is influenced and based on the handwriting and artwork of the famous Glasgow artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh (born 1868, died 1928).

He is well known for his sculptures and watercolour paintings, and perhaps most famously his architecture. Mackintosh’s ground breaking designs used lines to create more abstract representations of the natural world. He studied art and design at the Glasgow School of Art, which he later designed a building for, named suitably ‘The Mackintosh Building’.

Glasgow School of Art

Unfortunately this beautiful building partially burnt down on the 19th October 2018, and now the most damaged areas are being rebuilt in the original, intended style so as to blend in perfectly with the remaining parts of the building. As well as designing many other buildings nationwide, Mackintosh also designed all of the fixtures and fittings in the Glasgow School of Art; below you can see his iconic flower designs evolving into architectural features. We use his iconic rose motif on our mackintosh house number plaques.

Mackintosh flower watercolour.
The original lamps in the Glasgow School of Art with flower motifs.
House Number Plaque using the Rose Motif and Mackintosh Font

Mackintosh was particularly influential across Europe, especially in France and Italy, and although reached international fame abroad, was never well renowned in Britain until after his death in 1928.

‘Life is the leaves which shape and nourish a plant, but art is the flower which embodies its meaning’ – Rennie Mackintosh

Mackintosh is famous in particular for his unique, angular style in his font and sculptural work, often decorated with extra lines and dots of your choosing. There are two options for each letter with subtle variations of shape and decoration, which means that your choice of letters in the Mackintosh font is a really special and unique design. The whole number set and alternative letter styles can both be seen below:

The Mackintosh Number Set
The Mackintosh Font – a beautiful choice for house names and lettering

We laser cut these numbers as both individual items (see number 3 pictured below) and house number plaques, and we can also use the font to create custom made house names. More information about our Mackintosh house numbers can be found here.

Stainless Steel Mackintosh House Numbers

Written by Alice Knightbridge 15.03.19

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