Fashionable and historic furnishings and objects sit shoulder to shoulder in Chatsworth Home’s expansive exhibition, Mirror Mirror: Reflections on Design.
Co-curator Glenn Adamson (previously the director of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York) has put authentic works from the Grade I-listed stately residence’s 500-year historical past in dialogue with latest and freshly commissioned items by 16 worldwide designers, Ini Archibong, Michael Anastassiades, Wendell Fort, Andile Dyalvane, Ndidi Ekubia, Najla El Zein, Formafantasma, Joris Laarman, Max Lamb, Fernando Laposse, Jay Sae Jung Oh, Samuel Ross, Chris Schanck, Ettore Sottsass, Faye Toogood, and Joseph Walsh.
Whereas Chatsworth Home dates again to the seventeenth century, some objects in its assortment return so far as 4,000 years in the past.
Within the chapel, Faye Toogood has put in monolithic Purbeck marble furnishings – her Lode, Trove and Plot designs – that nods to a set of neolithic standing stones discovered close by. She’s additionally put in a large eating desk fabricated from oak within the Oak Room, providing an change of supplies throughout the centuries, taking part in with kind, form and proportion to precise a way of modernity.
Odds are you’ve encountered pictures of Mexican designer Fernando Laposse‘s large fluffy wardrobe percolating their means by means of social media. The yeti-like armoire injects a way of playfulness into the in any other case austere bed room chamber.
Jay Sae Jung Oh has created an elaborate throne chair, wrapped in damaged devices, for Chatsworth’s music room, whereas Max Lamb has created two cedar chairs whose postmodern shapes riff on the curves and proportions of their Regency predecessors.
Switzerland-based US designer Ini Archibong‘s hanging chandelier, ‘Darkish Vernus’, is suspended in a vaulted vestibule above two Nineteenth-century bronze busts of an African man and girl by French sculptor Charles-Henri Cordier from Chatsworth’s assortment. Whereas not partaking straight with Cordier’s exoticised and problematic artworks, Archibong’s set up bodily rises above them and fills the gallery with a custom-composed soundtrack.
Mirror Mirror: Reflections on Design is produced in collaboration with Friedman Benda with assist from Salon 94 Design and Adrian Sassoon. It runs till 1 October 2023, with tickets priced from £28.50 for the home and backyard.