Made in Anniesland … replica Mackintosh chairs take centre stage in Princes Square

By Ian Marland at

He is one of the most highly-regarded craftsman working in the style of iconic designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Master furniture maker Bruce Hamilton has won plaudits from Glasgow School of Art and the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, as well as customers world-wide.

Bruce Hamilton and chairs

Pictured: GSA graduate, Karlie Wu and Bruce Hamilton who made the Mackintosh replicas for the exhibition. Photo credit: Martin Shields

Now a selection of his stunning work has gone on display as part of the city’s annual Mackintosh Festival.

The exhibition of replica Mackintosh chairs by Bruce’s Anniesland-based company has opened in Princes Square, Buchanan Street.

Bruce said: “I am thrilled to be opening this exhibition of my furniture in such prestigious surroundings – perfect for showcasing my designs.

“We are looking forward to welcoming visitors as it will give them the chance to hear all about these iconic pieces, see them up close and maybe even take a seat and try them for size.”

The exhibition is situated on the first floor next to Dower and Hall.

Bruce Hamilton and chairs

Celebration: the exhibition of chairs runs every weekend throughout October as part of the Mackintosh Festival. Photo credit: Martin Shields

Created by Bruce Hamilton and GSA graduate Karlie Wu, it features 15 replica Mackintosh chairs, a selection of clocks and the Willow Rose vase.

All the items were made by Bruce at his workshop at Strathcona Drive in the city’s West End.

Visitors can see a collection of pieces including: The Willow Settle; the Argyle and Ingram chairs; children’s versions of the Arygle and Ingram chairs; Domino chairs and table and the range of chairs designed for the homes Mackintosh created at The Hill House and Windyhill.

Princes Square was named Scotland’s Favourite Building by the Royal Incorporation of Architects last year.

Katie Moody from Princes Square said the shopping mall was the “perfect venue to be hosting an exhibition inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of Scotland’s greatest designers and architects”.

The exhibition will be open every weekend throughout October.

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