WERE YOU to kick back and relax on the furniture of most grand, historic houses, the chances are you’d be thrown out on your ear.
Not at Chatsworth, however.
In a move bound to raise eyebrows among the aristos, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire are doing away with the ‘Do Not Sit’ signs for a new exhibition.
Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth sees items from the private collection at the Derbyshire estate showcased alongside furniture by internationally acclaimed and innovative designers including Thomas Heatherwick, Amanda Levete and Marc Newson.
The Duke and Duchess have also commissioned three design students from nearby Sheffield Hallam University, Daniel Schofield and design duo Richard Bell and David Powell, to create exclusive pieces for the exhibition.
From the Magis Spun rotating chairs to the turf-covered Chaise Lawn, exhibition-goers are being encouraged to try out the pieces for size.
The exhibition also showcases thought-provoking, specially commissioned pieces, including Raw Edges’ Endgrain seating which has temporarily become part of the sculpture gallery, and Counterpart, by Tom Price, on display in the chapel.
Curator Hannah Obee said: “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.
“The new perspectives that Raw Edges and Tom Price have brought to the Devonshire Collection through their commissions will provide different and exciting experiences and new stories to share with our visitors.
““Visitors are encouraged to engage with the chair designs on display; to sit, take part in and enjoy the exhibition.”
Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth runs from March 28 to October 23.