Yesterday in Scotland we watched in horror the images on our TVs, computers and phones showing Glasgow School of Art being swallowed by flames.
A number of years ago, my husband and I visited the art school, previously only admired from the outside. It’s difficult to describe the interior of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh building; iconic is overused, yet it’s the only word I can find to describe a design that was both Scottish and European, distinctive yet with a modern edge even today.
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A month ago a man of colour faded from existence at the age of 91, a bit like his velvet ribbons above . The man was a textile designer, born in Serbia, educated in Czechoslovakia and Israel, intrigued and influenced by the pointillism of Seurat. Bernat Klein became one of Britain’s most famous designers in the 1960s, and the toast of Paris when top fashion houses such as Chanel, Dior, Cardin, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent embraced with enthusiasm his vibrantly coloured mohair and velvet tweeds.
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