• Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth

    by  • May 5, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Magis-Spun-Rotating-Chair-by-Thomas-Heatherwick-Make-Yourself-Comfortable-Chatsworth-Homes-&-Gardens-2Take 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)


    Water Block by Tokujin Yoshioka, 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.


    Endgrain by Raw Edges, Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth. Photo by Chatsworth House Trust.

    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.


    Lockheed Lounge by Marc Newson

    Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth House, until 23 October 2015. For more information and ticket prices, visit chatsworth.org.


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    RHS Chelsea 2015: gardens, eat, drink, repeat

    by  • May 5, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Chelsea-Flower-Show_AfternoonTea_(med-res)Floral teas, exotic cocktails and Champagne, experts and enthusiasts, designers and stars, conversation and the weather, all are as much a part of the annual Chelsea celebration as the gardens and showstands themselves. If you haven’t managed to secure a precious ticket to the show itself, we’ll keep you up to date with places to go and make merry instead…

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    RHS Chelsea 2015: inspired by history

    by  • May 3, 2015 • 0 Comments

    MagnaCartapanelThe 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta at Runnymede is the inspiration behind Patricia Thirion and Janet Honour‘s show garden at Chelsea this year, and while the five times Chelsea medallists are busy building their latest garden on site at the Royal Hospital, two of their artistic collaborators are putting the finishing touches to their contributions to the scene.

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    Help save Ratty, the water vole

    by  • April 30, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Watervole1_creditIainGreenThe water vole, best known to so many of us as Ratty of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, is under threat here in Britain and needs our help, says the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), which is calling for volunteers to join its newly-launched National Water Vole Monitoring Programme.

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    They’re off…RHS Chelsea build-up begins

    by  • April 29, 2015 • 0 Comments

    CopyrightHomesandGardensYes, it’s that time of year again. The gardens of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, are alive once more with the beginnings of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Flatbed lorries laden with tentage and trees, timber, aggregates and tools are the first to arrive, together with the neon-coated, hard-hat and metal toecap-booted men and women who are ready for duty, turning the first sods of earth and starting to build the show gardens and displays that are bound to delight and amaze us for five incredible days in three weeks’ time.

    Perusing the Twitter feed…

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