Artist Giles Round explores the legacy of master furniture maker Thomas Chippendale and the relationships between art, design and the domestic sphere.
Chippendale produced some of the finest furniture ever made in the UK and is often referred to as the first interior designer. In houses such as Nostell Priory, he designed whole room schemes, sourcing everything from expensive wallpapers to basic fixtures and fittings.
To mark the Chippendale tricentenary, the Hepworth Wakefield is collaborating with Nostell Priory and artist Giles Round to explore the work of Chippendale and examine how artists have influenced interior design. Installations created by Round at both locations examine how homes have become important staging grounds for dialogues between art and design.
The gallery’s own history as the former Wakefield Art Gallery, which was sited in a domestic property, is also examined. On display are design objects, including ceramics, textiles, glass and furniture from a 1959 exhibition, Living Today, which refurnished the gallery as an inhabited space, alongside examples of the best hand-crafted and industrially produced objects being made today. The exhibition is named after Chippendale's catalogue of designs, The Director, which he published in 1794, and in the same spirit there is an itemised list of particular objects for visitors to purchase.
Round's installations at Nostell Priory are 20 minutes away, and the house is also presenting parallel exhibitions exploring its extensive Chippendale collections.