Dutch designer Joris Laarman uses new technologies to create functional, mathematically complex pieces that pay attention to the natural world around them.

Works in Laarman’s Maker series are all fabricated using digital tools and blueprints for one of his chairs were released online so that anyone could create their own versions.

Two of Laarman’s Maker Benches, digitally fabricated in wood, greet visitors in the Painted Hall. The intricate patterns of the two benches - mirror images of each other - reflect the historic chequered floor.

Stone quarried from the Chatsworth Estate and hand-carved by a local mason is used to make two new Symbio Benches by Laarman for the Salisbury Lawns in the garden. These works host their own microhabitats in carved channels where a special cement encourages plant growth. Moss and lichen will take hold in these spaces, patterning the stone with texture and colour in a continual evolution over time.

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