Chair frame in black lacquered ash. Storage drawer below the seat cushion. Removable cushion covered in cotton fabric, Verona leather or Liguria leather. MADE IN ITALY.
One of Mackintosh’s most impressive and unique designs, it was used in the centre of the two ground floor saloons at the Willow Tea Rooms, separating the white front saloon, from the darker back one. The geometric chequer-work of the curved back forms the stylised pattern of a willow tree and the lattice is made from a series of short horizontal insets between the continuous verticals slats. The chair was used by the tea room supervisor who took orders from the waitresses and passed them to the basement kitchen by dropping coloured balls, coded to each dish on the menu, down a tube to the kitchen below.
94 x 119 x 41 cm