Interior Worlds


14 July – 4 November 2018

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Celebrate 300 years since the birth of Thomas Chippendale, and explore how the ‘Shakespeare of Furniture’ transformed the interiors of Nostell Priory.

Chippendale archives and signature at Nostell

In the late 18th century, Rowland Winn was the ambitious owner of Nostell Priory and wanted the house to reflect his wealth and fashionable tastes. Enter Thomas Chippendale, society’s top designer, who created a new world within Nostell’s walls, supplying over 100 items of furniture, wallpaper and textiles – from a simple chopping block to complete rooms in the latest Chinese fashions.

Today, the house is much as Chippendale left it, and this exhibition opens up the collection as never before. From intricate drawers and compartments normally hidden from view to the materials, tools and techniques used to craft masterpieces that have stood the test of time, each Chippendale piece has its own interior world, waiting to be discovered.

Nostell Priory has also teamed up with Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017, the Hepworth Wakefield, to examine the influence of artists on interior design in Giles Round: The Director. Installations by Giles Round are on display at both locations, examining how homes have become important staging grounds for dialogues between art and design.

In the entrepreneurial spirit of Chippendale's firm, Round is also creating Obelisk Marbling, a company that produces marbled paper using traditional techniques, in operation at the heart of the house from 14 July to 4 November. A separate exhibition, Chippendale: The Man and the Brand, tells the life story of the 18th-century cabinet-maker and entrepreneur from 2 May to 28 October.

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