As a fine arts enthusiast, Westbury, New York, resident Valerie Varnuska enjoys watching operettas such as Die Fledermaus. Valerie Varnuska also appreciates architecture and interior design.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a notable architect and designer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Mackintosh became well known for his innovative and unique designs that reinterpreted historical styles.
Mackintosh garnered an international reputation for windows, posters, and furniture designed in the art nouveau style. His designs incorporated flowing, organic shapes alongside geometric forms. Artists of the art nouveau period intended to throw off historical inspiration and create artistic forms that were entirely new.
The Glasgow School of Art, completed in 1909, is Mackintosh’s most notable project. The building and its interior fixtures and furnishings were designed in the art nouveau style.
Tragically, the school was heavily damaged in a fire in 2014. The building is undergoing a careful restoration, however, and is expected to reopen in 2018.