Designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) from the Isle of Man was the driving force behind the Modern Movement in Scotland. His genius flowered from 1896 to 1906 when it finally faded under the combined influence of work and whisky. During this period he built two outstanding country houses, Windy Hill, Kilmalcolm, Renfrewshire and Hill House, Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire. At Hill House in 1904 he achieved a stark vertical grandeur that is very Scottish and quite original. In the entrance hall severely rectilinear hall furniture dating from 1904 is still in situ. He created some of the most distinctive furniture of his age, which relied on its construction to create sheer dramatic impact. His interiors were renowned for colour schemes of grey black and white with colour accents. His use of delicate inventive features such as his unique stained glass windows with added rose highlights were in the free flowing Art Nouveau style.
Carolyn McDowall FRSA has gained considerable experience and business acumen in her professional career. An independent cultural and social historian, Carolyn is an interior designer by trade. She has been involved in the creative sector for over thirty years in Australia; completing interior design projects, creating and producing innovative corporate and not-for profit (social profit) community events. She has over that time continuously conducted independent research , while designing, developing, and producing educational art and design history programs in conjunction with renowned specialist colleagues.