Press release – November 2014
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 Counterpart by 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.
Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth
28 March – 23 October 2015
Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP
For press information and images please contact the Chatsworth team at Caro Communications:
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Notes to editors
Participating designers/brands and chairs:
Amanda Levete – Drift bench
Assa Ashuach – 501 chairs
Catherine Aitken – Fade stool
Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm for Skagerak – Georg bench and stool
Daniel Schofield – Design to be announced
Deborah Bowness – Design to be announced
Deger Cengiz – Chaise Lawn
Freyja Sewell – Hush
ifsodoso – Long-Form-Library
Joseph Walsh – Enignum and Enignum II
Jung Myung Taek – Seating for Communicating: Over the Rainbow
Liliana Ovalle – Fragment of a Staircase
Marc Newson – Lockheed Lounge
Moritz Waldemeyer – By Royal Appointment
Maarten Baas – Clay chairs
Nest Furniture Design – Fin de Voyage, Swansong chairs and Siren chairs
nobody & co – Bibliochaise and Bibliopouf
Piet Hein Eek – Kröller Müller chairs
Raw Edges – End Grain
Sebastian Brajkovic – Lathe V
Shang Xia – Da Tian Di chair
Sheffield Hallam University MDes students – Designs to be announced
Thomas Heatherwick – Spun chairs
Thomas & Vines – Louis clear chairs
Tokujin Yoshioka – Water Block
Tom Price – Counterpart
YOY for Innermost – Canvas sofa and chair
Chatsworth, set in the heart of the Peak District, is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through sixteen generations of the Cavendish family. As well as its inspiring architecture, landscape and history, Chatsworth also houses the Devonshire Collection, one of Europe’s most significant art collections. Successive generations of the Devonshire family have commissioned leading artists as well as those less well known since the 17th century up until today. The 12th Duke and Duchess, and their son and daughter-in-law, share their predecessors’ enthusiasm for contemporary art. Fine and decorative art acquired over nearly 500 years, is on view throughout the visitor route as well as displayed and used in their private apartments. Family portraits by Lucian Freud and Sir Joshua Reynolds share rooms with works by Sir Anthony Caro, Ai Weiwei and Michael Craig-Martin. Outdoor sculpture by Allen Jones, Barry Flanagan and Richard Long join 18th-century marbles in the garden; Umbrella 2 and High Heel, also by Michael Craig-Martin, are the latest, permanent additions to the garden. Inside the house, the most significant art installation at Chatsworth since the creation of the Sculpture Gallery in 1832, opened to visitors in spring 2014. Jacob van der Beugel represents the Devonshire family’s DNA in ceramic panels on the walls of the North Sketch Gallery, in an unusual and creative take on the traditional portrait. These contemporary commissions embody Chatsworth: personal, forward-looking and enthusiastically shared with visitors.
The Chatsworth House Trust is an independent charity (no 511149) set up by the 11th Duke of Devonshire in 1981, to ensure the long-term survival of Chatsworth for the benefit of the public. All admission and event income from visitors, together with a percentage of income from shops and restaurants, goes directly to this Trust, and can only be spent on the upkeep and improvement of the house, collections, garden, farmyard and park.