Look in the Mirror: Reflections on Design in the 21st Century

Chatsworth, Bakewell
29 September 2023
11.00am to 4.30pm

A series of stimulating conversations with contributors to this year's exhibition, Mirror Mirror. Staged in the Theatre with access to the house and garden on the day.

Join us for thought-provoking conversations with designers whose works are part of the exhibition ‘Mirror Mirror: Reflections on Design at Chatsworth’.

Emphasising themes of making, sustainability and technology, these contributors are pushing the boundaries of the discipline, harnessing the extraordinary potential of materials and functionality.

From visually stimulating, beautifully crafted silverware to regenerative strategies that respond to climate change, this study day will explore the transformative power of design avant-garde.

This study day is tailored for makers, those wishing to pursue a career in craft and design, collectors, students, and design enthusiasts alike, offering a unique opportunity to delve into 21st century design, with a special focus on innovation, sustainability, and technology.


10am-11amVisit the house and garden to view the Mirror Mirror exhibition

10.50amTheatre doors open

11amWelcome from exhibition curators Glenn Adamson and Dr Alexandra Hodby, senior curator of programme at Chatsworth

11.15amContemporary design in a historic house with Dr Alexandra Hodby, senior curator of programme, and Sash Giles, curator of decorative arts

12noon Making as a positive value with Joseph Walsh and Michael Anastassiades

12.45pm Lunch break

1.45pm Regenerative design & sustainability with Fernando Laposse

2.30pm Ways of making with Ndidi Ekubia

3pm Q&A with Ndidi Ekubia and Fernando Laposse

3.30pm Professional practice Q&A with Joris Laarman

4.30pm Guests free to explore the garden (until 5pm)

£45 per adult £10 per student Includes entry to the house and garden

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Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP
01246 565300

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