Make Yourself Comfortable – contemporary furniture at Chatsworth

Chatsworth – the Derbyshire seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire – is set to host a major exhibition of furniture design, featuring work from the likes of Thomas Heatherwick, Amanda Levete and Marc Newson.

By Royal Appointment by Moritz Waldemeyer

Source: Chatsworth House Trust

By Royal Appointment by Moritz Waldemeyer

Curated by Chatsworth’s Hannah Obee, the Make Yourself Comfortable exhibition will spread throughout the historic house and visitors will be encouraged to literally make themselves comfortable and sit on the various chairs.

Among designs going on show at the exhibition will be Heatherwick’s Spun rotating chair, the Chaise Lawn by Deger Cengiz and Moritz Waldermayer’s By Royal Appointment installation. Some of the works on display will come from the Duke and Duchess’s private collection.

There are also a series of special commissions, including Tom Price’s Counterpart, which will be on display in the Chapel, and new pieces from three MA Design students at Sheffield Hallam University and Daniel Schofield, an alumnus of the course.

Meanwhile Raw Edges will create the End Grain installation in the Sculpture Gallery. This will see the gallery fitted with a grid-like wooden floor which will feature “colour pathways” spreading out from the benches and stools.

The work is inspired by a plan by the sixth Duke of Chatsworth in the 19th Century to introduce a Swedish porphyry floor, which was eventually abandoned.

Make Yourself Comfortable runs at Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45, from 28 March-23 October.

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