This story is about the production of objects, furnishings and interiors that comprised the Glasgow Style.
It tells of the design education, and manufacturing relations between the Glasgow School of Art designers and the City of Glasgow’s industry. And the impact it had on decorating the home.
Glasgow Style was a commercial enterprise to be bought and sold internationally by manufacturers in Britain. Small local stained glass manufacturers and decorating firms made their contribution to Glasgow style available and highly popular within the city.
Firms involved were such as George Walton & Co, who made stained glass, furniture and wallpaper.
However, the commercial success eventually hastened the decline of the Glasgow Style. This happened through the inappropriate and superficial application of its characteristic motifs by lesser designers and manufacturers.
By 1920 the Glasgow Style had lost its momentum. Many of the key figures had moved away from the city. And the experimentation which had been so essential to its development had ceased.
The work of Glasgow designers had become indistinguishable from that produced elsewhere.