MCM Furniture Designers & Makers
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Buying Mid-Century McIntosh furniture, you enjoy the benefits of the experience, the craftsmanship and the quality implicit in the name McIntosh since the foundation of the firm in 1821. This Dunvegan dining suite range table was designed in the 60's by Tom Robertson in Scotland. Tom Robertson was the head of design for McIntosh during the mid-century. The McIntosh label which survives on many 1950s and 1960s pieces, shows the Scottish thistle and crown, a long-time symbol of Scotland. From 1948 until 1983, Tom Robertson worked as head designer for the firm; creating his most notable design, the teak Dunvegan collection.
AH McIntosh created quality furniture which catered to the tastes of progressive middle class Britain.
Alexander Henry McIntosh started his furniture business AH McIntosh in 1869 in small town Scotland. Rapid expansion was based on a reputation for quality craftsmanship and interest from international trade fairs. By the 1960's AH McIntosh had embraced the popular Scandinavian design aesthetic. In-house designers such as the talented Tom Robertson created a number of elegant furniture designs with clean lines and sculpted organic details that sold well throughout the UK. Each design was named after a town in Scotland and some of the most successful furniture designs were in production for over 20 years. With the rise in interest in mid-century design and a desire for quality, there is renewed interest and enthusiasm in the furniture produced by AH McIntosh in the mid 20th century. Today's glossy UK interior design magazines are touting AH McIntosh as one of the hot vintage British brands to collect.
McIntosh of Kirkcaldy
McIntosh of Kirkcaldy in Scotland was one of the most prominent makers (along with G Plan of High Wycombe) of British contemporary dining furniture in the 1960s and 70s, producing fine examples of mid-century modern furniture using traditional making processes that employed highly skilled cabinet makers.
Founded in 1869 by Alexander Henry (A.H) McIntosh (1835-1919) in Kirkcaldy, within the Fife region of Scotland, the business expanded quickly thoughout the UK and internationally, exhibiting at the World Fair in Paris in 1878, and the Sydney Exhibition in 1879. Like many other business during the First World War, McIntosh contributed to the war effort by manufacturing airplane wings and other parts for the duration. By the early 1960s, McIntosh began to move away from producing more traditional style dining and bedroom furniture towards making mid-century style furniture akin to the Danish Modern style. This move was lead by McIntosh design director Tom Robertson and Val Rossi, and lead the company into a period of prosperity. It was around this time that McIntosh stopped making bedroom furniture in order to focus production on its more popular dining room tables, chairs and sideboards, like the enduringly popular Dunvegan Sideboard.
By the late 1970s, tastes had changed and McIntosh’s popularity began to wane. By the early 2000’s the company had moved into the educational furniture industry; they continue to produce a wide range of school furniture under the name ESA McIntosh. With the resurgence of interest in the mid-century modern style, many of McIntosh’s designs from the 1960s are once again highly sought-after pieces of furniture.
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