Few objects tell the history of modern design more eloquently than the chair. Aesthetic trends, the emergence of new materials and production technologies, ergonomics, social, cultural and behavioural changes are all reflected in its design over the decades.

A selection of chairs from the Design Museum’s collection reveal how chair design has developed from the late 1800’s to contemporary innovations by prominent designers.


Image: Marc Newson Felt Chair © the Design Museum


Criw Celf at Oriel Myrddin Gallery creates opportunities for young people ranging in age from 9-14 years of age to work with professional artists and designers in a series of visual arts Masterclasses. The exhibition in the main gallery space is a curated sample of the young people’s work created throughout 2018.

Criw Celf is an Arts Council of Wales funded pan-Wales project for gifted and talented young artists.


Haptic/Tacit: In Search of the Vernacular

Jane Cairns / David Gates;  Grant Aston / Henry Pim;  Kim Norton / Gail Mahon;  Kimberley Chandler / Mark Cousins

Haptic/Tacit is a collective of six artists/makers, and two writers. The group exists to make, show and explore ambitious modern craft.

The vernacular, in architecture as in language, is rooted in the everyday and the prosaic. It is formed of use and habit; it is local and specific; it is concerned with the functional or the domestic rather than the public or monumental. In Search of the Vernacular uses the human scale of contemporary craft to provide a fresh perspective on aspects of vernacular architecture.

The work in the exhibition is gallery based contemporary craft including sculptural ceramics, installation and bespoke furniture. Exhibiting makers are paired, working either in collaboration or thematically linked. Writing and discourse are an integral part of the exhibition and it will be accompanied by a new publication and a considered programme of events designed to stimulate debate and engagement.

Image: Density and Stillness, 2017, Grant/Aston  Photographer: Michael Harvey

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