Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin.
Chatsworth House, set in the heart of the Peak District, is the historic home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, passed down through sixteen generations of the Cavendish family. Every inch the grand country pile, Chatsworth also houses its own art collection (naturally), called the Devonshire Collection. So far, so stately home. But there's a surprise in store for contemporary design lovers if you visit before the end of October.
The newly unveiled installation, entitled Make Yourself Comfortable, features an array of specially commissioned seating and well-known contemporary chair designs dispersed throughout Chatsworth's rooms and grounds in new and surprising ways.
The exhibition encourages visitors to engage with the chairs on display and make themselves comfortable while pondering on the beautiful surroundings and art collections.Those involved range from the internationally acclaimed, such as Thomas Heatherwick (he of Olympic cauldron and Routemaster bus fame), to fresh talents including students and alumni from Sheffield Hallam University.
Look out for Endgrain (above), a series of seating situated in the Sculpture Gallery created by design studio of the moment, Raw Edges – nominated for this year's Let's Colour Awards). This piece’s clever use of vibrant hues neatly references the 6th Duke’s desire for a colourful space to house his sculpture collection when the gallery was originally built in the 19th Century.
If only every exhibition was as easy on the feet at this...
Until 23 October 2015 Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP www.chatsworth.org
Images courtesy of Chatsworth House Trust. Images from top: Endgrain by Raw Edges, Sebastian Brajkovic's Lathe V chair, Thomas Heatherwick's Spun chairs and Endgrain by Raw Edges.