Argyle chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Designer: Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Argyle chair was designed for the Argyle Street Tea Rooms in Glasgow’s Buchanan Street. The owner, Kate Cranston, commissioned Mackintosh and the interior designer George Walton to decorate and furnish the rooms in 1897.

This high-back chair is one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s best-known designs.

The unusual height of the chairs meant that they formed a screen around the tables.

Mackintosh used the same chairs in his own flat, which was designed by his wife, Margaret Macdonald, at 120 Mains Street, Glasgow in 1900. 

The chair makes an appearance in Blade Runner, The Addams Family, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Babylon 5 and Dr. Who.

We can source vintage originals and modern reproductions of this chair through the Film and Furniture interior design service. Contact [email protected] for details.

(Example Argyle chair image from one of our retail partners)