BENCHMARK for DESIGN: CHATSWORTH and the ‘MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE’ EXHIBITION





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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 – 




BOOK END No18





“Nothing is so beautiful as spring. The glassy pear tree leaves and blooms, they brush / the descending blue; that blue is all in a rush / with richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.”

– Gerard Manley Hopkins –


Spring is palpably in the air so here is a fresh selection by A-Gent of Style of noteworthy publications.

Don’t forget you can hover your cursor over each image to see the rest of the book cover or click on the image to see the cover in full in a new window.




And if you’ve missed the previous instalments of Book End, you can catch up and see the other fantastic books A-Gent of Style selected over the months:Book End No1Book End No2, Book End N03Book End N04Book End No5Book End No6, Book End No7, Book End N08, Book End No9Book End No10Book End N011Book End N012, Book End N013Book End No14Book End N015Book End No16, Book End N017

Happy reading!





BADA 2015: ANTIQUES & FINE ART FAIR



 

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At 9 a.m yesterday, A-Gent of Style arrived at the doors of the BADA Antiques and Fine Art Fair to attend the press preview before it opened to the public at 11 a.m. Returning to its favourite location until 24 March at the Duke of York Square, off Sloane Square, London SW3, this year’s fair, the 23rd annual edition, did not disappoint. On the contrary, it seemed like it surpassed itself once again

 

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Housed in a purpose-built pavilion, the range of objects for sale ranging from various disciplines such as art, furniture and paintings to clocks, ceramics, silver, jewellery, rugs and much more from 16th century works of art to contemporary furniture is the place for collectors and also first-time buyers to buy antiques and fine art from Britain’s most renowned experts. Everything for sale is vetted for quality and authenticity and all exhibitors are members of the Association. The BADA fair is famed for its elegant design and spacious layout, providing a stunning setting for the beautiful works for sale for everyone from the first time buyer to the seasoned collector, with prices ranging from £100 to six figure sums.


Here are A-Gent of Style‘s highlights, favourite picks and some of the stunning vignettes that caught his attention and dazzled him as he browsed the fair for a couple of hours in the blissfully quiet and peaceful environment before the impressive queue of antiques admirers and collectors were let in.


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– all photos by A-Gent of Style – 





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