Chatsworth inspires contemporary craft

Designers including Max Lamb, Junko Mori and Ptolemy Mann are making pieces inspired by Chatsworth’s State Rooms as part of a new show at the country house.

Textiles by Ptolemy Mann
Textiles by Ptolemy Mann

The five State Rooms were created by the first Duke of Devonshire at the end of the 17th century and designed to accommodate visiting monarchs.

Each room is more luxurious than the next, marking the visitor’s progress towards the State Bedchamber and, most private of all, the State Closet.

For the Modern Makers exhibition, the rooms were opened up to provide inspiration to the designers.

Ptolemy Mann created a textile installation, while other work includes a steel chandelier by Junko Mori and this ash bed, created by Joseph Walsh.

Installation by Joseph Walsh
Installation by Joseph Walsh

Exhibition curator Sarah Griffin says, ‘Visits to the house with many of the makers have yielded new insights into the collecting achievements of the Devonshires and their multi-faceted interests and passions.’

Modern Makers is at the New Gallery, Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45, from 18 September-23 December.

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