Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth
Until 23 October 2015
Included with admission to the house.
In 2015 we invite you to experience Chatsworth in a new way; to take a seat and make yourself comfortable.
Just like generations of their family before them, the current Duke and Duchess are keen to showcase the work of today’s brightest creatives. So this season we have turned to contemporary furniture designers to bring to light new stories about the house and its historic collection. Each seat has been chosen for its connection to an aspect of Chatsworth. The seats become a bridge between what was considered contemporary and exciting in the past, with today’s vision of design that is boundary pushing or desirable.
Loans of contemporary seating from designers around the world, plus the latest seats acquired by the family are brought together throughout the house for you to sit on and make yourself comfortable. In addition work has been specially commissioned by Tom Price and Design Museum award nominees Raw Edges. Take a look at just a few of the seats below.
Experience a unique 360 degree view of the Painted Hall on one of Thomas Heatherwick's Spun chairs.
Consider King George II’s State Bed, perhaps the most important item of furniture in its day, alongside Marc Newson’s iconic Lockheed Lounge, the most expensive contemporary seat in the world today.
In this special commission inspired by the Devonshire Collection, two blocks sit together but are materially worlds apart. The glowing transparent resin block, or the dark block of coal; which one of Tom Price’s Counterpart benches will you try? Or both?
Sink into what appears to be a 2D painting in YOY’s Canvas Sofa and Armchair for Innermost, set amongst portraits by Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough.
Explore the new indoor landscape created by Raw Edges in the Sculpture Gallery, where benches and stools emerge like tree trunks from the coloured grid-like floor and offer new perspectives of the sculptures.
Interested in learning more about the exhibition? Join our curator, Hannah Obee, for a Make Yourself Comfortable tour on 24 April and 26 June.
We are pleased to announce Sotheby's as a major sponsor and Ponsford as a supporting sponsor of Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth.