BeoSystem 5000/Hill House Chair [1902]

Jacob Jensen/Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Imagery: Bang & Olufsen

A bold juxtaposition of designs, Jacob Jensen’s BeoSystem 5000 signified a return to Bang & Olufsen’s box-like components, stackable to match (primarily Japanese) trends of the time, furnished with the Danish design house’s classic blend of brushed aluminium offset by darker panels and glazing to reveal concealed screens. Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House Chair, designed for its namesake, the famously stark house he designed for Walter Blackie of Blackie and Son publishers in Helensburgh, Scotland, miniaturises much of the diagram presented by the house itself. Elegantly tall and slender in sections with a strong devotion to the grid as a means of articulating space, Mackintosh’s Chair is still readily seen today, having been placed into production (by Cassina) seventy years after its design.

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