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Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth's Surreal Chair Show

Chatsworth, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. Sometimes the Duke and Duchess invite the common people into their home for avant-garde art shows. This time, it's the "Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth" show, which features 75 contemporary chairs scattered throughout the house. The innovative designs look almost otherworldly when set against Chatsworth's ancient interior.

Thomas Heatherwick's "Spun Chairs" are bright lime and red spinner toy chairs that manage to stand out in a gilded room with black-and-white checkered floors.

Tom Price's "Counterpart," commissioned for the exhibit, is made of two side-by-side blocks, and is displayed in the chapel. One block is made of coal, symbolizing the mineral rights held by the Devonshire family, while the other represents the crystal in the Chatsworth mineral collection.

Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, of Raw Edges, created "Endgrain" for the sculpture gallery, where they wanted to introduce color to contrast with the "monochromatic qualities of the sculptures."

Moritz Waldemeyer's "By Royal Appointment" sees two tall chairs set against a glowing pink background in the home's Music Room.

"Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth" opens Saturday, March 28 and runs through Oct. 23.

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