Contemporary art, design and collecting have always been intrinsic to Chatsworth. Continuing this tradition, Chatsworth, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, will showcase the best in contemporary chair design with its headline exhibition, Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth, running from 28 March to 23 October 2015.
Successive generations of the Devonshire family have commissioned and displayed work by leading artists and up-and-coming makers since the 17th century, and the 21st century is no exception.
Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth will see items from the private collection of the Duke and Duchess showcased alongside furniture by internationally acclaimed and innovative designers – from Thomas Heatherwick and Amanda Levete, to Marc Newson, Tokujin Yoshioka, Piet Hein Eek and Moritz Waldemeyer. The exhibition will also showcase thought-provoking, specially commissioned pieces, including Raw Edges’ End Grain seating which will become part of the Sculpture Gallery, and Synthesis IV by emerging designer Tom Price which will be on display in the Chapel.
Furthermore, Chatsworth has commissioned three MA Design students from Sheffield Hallam University and its alumnus, British designer Daniel Schofield to create exclusive pieces for the exhibition.
Positioned throughout the historic house, the exhibition is designed to be engaging, offering visitors the opportunity to experience the house and collection in new and surprising ways, to make themselves comfortable at Chatsworth. Visitors will be encouraged to engage with the chair designs on display; to sit, take part in and enjoy the exhibition.
Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth is curated by Hannah Obee, Exhibitions and Special Projects Curator at Chatsworth.