Interior Worlds: Behind the Glass

Thomas Chippendale is one of the most significant and influential designers in English history. Join us at Nostell as we celebrating 'the Shakespeare of furniture' with a packed programme of exhibitions, events and activities.

Chippendale created a new world of interiors for Nostell, supplying the house with over 100 items of furniture, wallpaper and textiles - from a simple chopping block to complete rooms in the latest Chinese fashions. 

Nostell’s world-class collection showcases the full range of objects and services that Chippendale designed and supplied to his prestigious client, Rowland Winn, including bespoke one-of-a-kind pieces and a unique archive of letters and invoices revealing the man behind the famous brand. 

Uncover the story of the 'Shakespeare of furniture' and enter his world of social ambition, dynamic entrepreneurship and world-changing global trade. 

Explore Chippendale's interior worlds

Roll up your sleeves and get involved

Inspired by Chippendale’s craftsmanship? There’s plenty of chances for you to get creative and join special events through the year. Look out for Dovetail, Biscuit, Splat, a programme of artist-led workshops and activities themed around Chippendale's designs, materials, tools and techniques.

We’ve also specialist talks and debates from experts, conservation events showcasing how we look after Nostell’s collection today and opportunities to volunteer. Don’t miss Nostell Nights; four evening events throughout the year for adults only to explore after hours and see Chippendale's interior worlds in a new light.

Visitors to Nostell Nights enjoying beer and artisan food

Nostell Nights

Fancy something a little different for your Friday night? Explore after hours at Nostell with the help of artists, musicians and makers. On Friday 17 May, come along to see the Interior Worlds of the Chippendale-designed state rooms and enjoy a packed evening inspired by the 'Shakespeare of furniture'.