On the top floor of 78 Derngate is a dazzling showpiece of the house, the guest bedroom. It was perceived as ‘striking in the extreme and the most unique thing we have seen in bedroom decoration’ by Ideal Home. The uncompromising rectilinearity of the room, where nothing wavers from the straight and square was a deliberate response by Mackintosh to Bassett-Lowke’s personal taste for ‘modern’ design. The only exception was the delicate bell shape of the three pendant blue silk lampshades.
The boldness of the décor and textiles is striking. Most of the walls were plain white, but black and white stripes ran up behind the beds and turned at right angles to the ceiling to create an illusion of a canopy. By such simple means a dramatic and totally unusual effect was created, enhanced by a strong blue in the bedspreads, one of Bassett-Lowke’s favourite colours. The story goes that Mrs Bassett-Lowke once expressed to Bernard Shaw, who stayed here in 1919, a hope that the décor would not disturb his sleep – to which he replied that she should not worry, he always slept with his eyes shut!
- Dimensions: H 23.00 x W 6.50 x D 13.00 cm
- Availability: In Stock
- Product Width6.50cm
- Product Height23.00cm
- Product Depth13.00cm
- Designer:Emma Bossons FRSA
- Collection:Charles Rennie Macintosh Collection