The Baillie Scott Folio: House for an Art Lover
23 October 2015 - 11 May 2016
This year we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of Blackwell’s brilliant architect, Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott (1865-1945). This is a timely opportunity to revisit his folio of designs for House for an Art Lover, published in Germany in 1902 by Alexander Koch.
In the December 1900 issue of an influential German publication, Journal of Interior Decoration, a competition was announced to encourage new thinking in modern design; competitors were to design a large country house for an art lover. Baillie Scott’s entry was awarded the highest prize, praised for the ‘surpassing artistic quality of the interior arrangement’. His designs included many designs which had proved highly successful in his ambitious recent commission, Blackwell. Charles Rennie Mackintosh was awarded a special prize, although he was technically disqualified for failing to comply with the rules of the competition. The reputations of the winning designers were assured when their entries were published in 1902 as large format folios.