We’re in Northampton and we’re inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Northampton, England is one of the United Kingdom’s historical centres for manufacturing and design. It is also home to the only house in England designed by Mackintosh – 78 Derngate. A long association with this house, a love for Mackintosh’s work and perspective on design have lead to Duille. ( ‘Leaf’ in Gaelic – pronunciation: “dweeluh” ). Duille is an independent design studio established to make available works that bear the marks of the maker and celebrate beauty. Something to enjoy.
In 1902 Mackintosh gave a lecture, ‘Seemliness’ in Glasgow. Aged then 34, he gave a glimpse of his personal philosophy:
Art is the Flower – Life is the Green Leaf.
Let every artist strive to make his flower a beautiful living thing, something that will convince the world that there may be, there are, things more precious more beautiful – more lasting than life itself…
you must offer real, living – beautifully coloured flowers – flowers that grow from, but above, the green leaf – flowers that are not dead – are not dying – not artificial – real flowers springing from your own soul – not even cut flowers – You must offer the flowers of the art that is in you – the symbols of all that is noble – and beautiful – and inspiring – flowers that will often change a colourless leaf – into an established and thoughtful thing.