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Haddon Hall - A Glorious Country Manor House

Visiting historic houses is one of my favorite things to do in England and Derbyshire is a county that  offers an  extraordinary triumvirate of sites; Hardwick's Elizabethan glamour, the palatial splendors of Chatsworth and Haddon Hall, described by Simon Jenkins as "the most perfect English house to survive from the Middle Ages."  The joy of a visit to Derbyshire is that in visiting all three you can see the English country house through a variety of lenses and periods. 
In his definitive tome, England's1000 Best Houses Jenkins goes on to say of Haddon, "It has none of Hardwick's promiscuity or Chatsworth's bombast. It has not changed because it never needed to change". 
Indeed the house has remains in the hands of the Manners family since 1563 and is currently occupied by the Duke of Rutland's brother and his family. As they say on the website it has avoided, " fire; warfare;  family misfortune and changing fashions" and as such provid…

Chairs at the Pompidou!

I thought I would spend a lot more time at the Pompidou though I did visit multiple times to see several special exhibits (Dali and Eileen Grey). We missed the Brancusi atelier however, I did spend several afternoons perusing the permanent collection. I remember some avant-garde furniture from my last visit, but it seems they have expanded their furniture collection which is beautifully displayed amongst the art.
So, in honor of all the wonderful chairs and chaises at the Pompidou here's a selection...
The Musee des Arts Decoratif  has a wonderful selection of chairs too, beautifully displayed on a large modern platform. If you're interested in furniture I'd recommend their Art Nouveau and Art Deco galleries, along with the selection of Art Nouveau decorative arts from across Europe at the Musee D'Orsay.
I loved this Italian piece (below)which was very sculptural.
The more contemporary chairs are found with  the contemporary art in the fourth floor galleries. I love the contrast of the two pieces below.

Who could resist the display of modern orange and red chairs at the top of the post? The color, texture and undulation is fabulous. This is also a story about the modern mass production of design as these inexpensive stackable chairs attest.
If you need a further design fix see my post on the Design Museum in Lisbon.

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