English Heritage is to open the doors on 'Sitting Pretty' - an 'interactive seating exhibition' at its 19th-century Greek revival pile in rural Northumberland, Belsay Hall. The show, which opens on 30 May and runs until 28 August, features works from innovative designers such as Karim Rashid, Eley Kishimoto, Claudio Silvestrin and David Linley, and blurs furniture with sculpture. Rashid's 'Pleasurscape' (above left), a fibreglass multi-seating block that looks like a futuristic landscape, will be on show for the first time outside the US. Silvestrin returns following his exhibit from the similarly contemporary art Sitooteries exhibition at Belsay in 2000 with an ebony seat called 'g. a Chair'. Langlands and Bell will be showing its 'Eclipse' elliptical bench and Totem Design's 'Boo!'
- multi-functional sensory coloured pod stools that light up when sat upon (left).
Show admission is included in the entrance price (£4 for adults, £3 for concessions, £2 for children).