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In with the old. The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire are hosting until October, 23 at their stately home Chatsworth House in Derbyshire a new exhibition based on chairs. Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth will display some chairs from their private collection alongside modern ones, some of which have been newly commissioned specially for the event. Some of these creations are by established designers such as Thomas Heatherwick, Piet Hein Eek and Marc Newson, others by emerging talents including a collaboration with students at Sheffield Hallam University.

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This fun exhibition is not meant to be a historical overview of chair design and, uncharacteristically to the setting, the chairs are meant to be sat on thus providing a totally different experience with a view to encouraging visitors to reinterpret the historic house in new and surprising ways.

Until he makes the trip to Chatsworth House, A-Gent of Style had to rely not only on official photographs but also on social media (where else these days!) to find photos circulating to be able to make this feature. A big thank you therefore to my fellow instagramers for some of the great shots below.

So sit back and relax…


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Participating designers/brands

  • Amanda Levete – Drift bench
  • Assa Ashuach – 501 chairs
  • Catherine Aitken – Fade stool
  • Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm for Skagerak – Georg bench and stool
  • Daniel Schofield – Veil chair
  • Deborah Bowness – Souvenir wallpapers (Chatsworth)
  • Deger Cengiz – Chaise Lawn
  • Freyja Sewell – Hush
  • George Wood – Leftovers
  • Joseph Walsh – Enignum I and Enignum II chairs
  • Jung Myung Taek – Seating for Communicating: Over the Rainbow
  • Liliana Ovalle – Fragment of a Staircase
  • Maarten Baas – Clay chairs
  • Marc Newson – Lockheed Lounge
  • Moritz Waldemeyer – By Royal Appointment
  • Nest Design – Fin de Voyage, Swansong chairs and The Siren chairs
  • ·nobody & co – Bibliochaise and Bibliopouf
  • Piet Hein Eek – Kröller Müller chairs
  • Psalt Design (Richard Bell and David Powell) – Chatsworth chair
  • Raw Edges – Endgrain
  • Sebastian Brajkovic – Lathe V
  • Shang Xia – Da Tian Di chair
  • Sheffield Hallam University MDes students – Victoria dining chair by Robert Hamilton, Cavendish chair by Hayley Lightfoot, Hart chair by George Heath
  • Tamasine Osher – Play & Eat saddle seat
  • Thomas Heatherwick – Spun chairs
  • Thomas Mills for ifsodoso – Long-Form-Library
  • Thomas & Vines – Louis clear chairs
  • Tokujin Yoshioka – Water Block
  • Tom Price – Counterpart
  • YOY for Innermost – Canvas sofa and chair

    – photos from Chatsworth House and The London Design Festival websites – 

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