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EYE ON DESIGN | Glasgow School of Art

EYE ON DESIGN | Glasgow School of Art

In 1896, a junior draftsman named Charles Rennie Mackintosh won a competition to design a new building for the Glasgow School of Art. The building was completed in 1909, heralding the birth of a new style in 20th-century European architecture and establishing Mackintosh as a design influencer in the Arts…
TRAVELING SOLO [Tricks of the trade]

TRAVELING SOLO [Tricks of the trade]

I’m a woman and I travel the world. Alone. (With some occasional exceptions.) Alone, I’ve stayed in a stone cottage on top of a mountain in Tuscany, an 11th-century fort on an island off the coast of Brittany, an estancia in Argentina, and a riad in Tangier. Alone, I’ve shopped…
Weird but Wonderful | Cone Head

Weird but Wonderful | Cone Head

In front of the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art stands a statue of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, sculpted by Italian artist Carlo Marochetti in 1844.  For as long as anyone can remember, there has been a traffic cone on his head. For the past thirty or so years,…
Style Moment | Glasgow Launderette

Style Moment | Glasgow Launderette

“Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear.  Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to…
Glasgow | Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner

Glasgow | Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner

Starting in the trendy West End of Glasgow, Scotland, here are my recommendations for breakfast, lunch, tea, and dinner – and a little tour of the city as a bonus. Sandy Welch (above) is a well-known Scottish actor, who also makes the best croque-monsieurs in Scotland, if not the world. …
Glasgow | Citizen M Hotel

Glasgow | Citizen M Hotel

A last minute hotel booking in Glasgow introduced me to a groovy new breed of hotel called Citizen M. With a splashy contemporary design and a dose of humor, Citizen M was developed to provide affordable luxury accommodation to the “mobile citizens of the world.” From their website: “Mobile citizens include…