Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth exhibition opens

Why stand when you can sit is our motto here at Caro HQ, but all the more so when the chairs are as fine as those on display at Chatsworth’s new exhibition, Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth. You can perch your rear on delights that range from Thomas Heatherwick’s Spun chair sited beneath the vast painted ceiling of the Painted Hall and designs by luminaries including Amanda Levete, Marc Newson and Moritz Waldemeyer. Specially commissioned projects include Raw Edges’ magnificent Endgrain benches that will remain after the exhibition in the Sculpture Gallery, which are made from timber that uses the grain of the wood to carry dye right the way to dramatic effect. Dotted around the house, the chairs are mixed with the Duke and Duchess’s personal collection, continuing the tradition upheld by generations of the Devonshire family of acquiring, commissioning and providing a unique platform for leading artists and up-and-coming makers since the 17th Century. Pull up a chair, we say.

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Spun chairs by Thomas Heatherwick © Chatsworth House Trust

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The Duke of Devonshire on Canvas Chair by YOY for Innermost © Chatsworth House Trust

Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth runs from 28 March until 23 October 2015

www.chatsworth.org