Take the weight off your feet at the contemporary chair design exhibition at Chatsworth this month, where visitors are invited to engage with the designs and try them out for size. Running from 28 March to 23 October, Make yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth features a variety of chair designs from the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s private collection alongside contemporary furniture by innovative designers such as Thomas Heatherwick, Amanda Levete and Marc Newson.
(Above: Spun chairs by Thomas Heatherwick, Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth. Photo by Chatsworth House Trust)
Combining the traditional and the contemporary, all the featured designs have been carefully selected to reinterpret either the space in which they are displayed or an object from the existing collection. Amongst the collection of ground-breaking art and design, you’ll find specially commissioned pieces including Raw Edge’s End Grain Seating (below), which will later become part of the Sculpture Gallery.
The design features vibrant hues that reference the 6th Duke’s desire for a colourful space to house his sculpture collection when the gallery was originally built in the 19th Century. Students from Sheffield Hallam University have also designed specially commissioned chairs which are displayed around a table in the Great Dining Room, with each design using materials, shape and patterns that have been influenced by the history Chatsworth House.
Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth House, until 23 October 2015. For more information and ticket prices, visit chatsworth.org.
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