Talking Chairs

Bespoke audio furniture for schools, museums, historic buildings, theatres, festivals and the home.

I design pieces of audio furniture for public buildings. Talking Chairs were originally created for the Book Lounge at the Royal Festival Hall in 2001 and continue to be made for museums, schools , libraries, waiting rooms and visitor centres.

Working in collaboration with specialist makers, I oversee the design and fabrication of each piece of furniture to make sure it's appropriate for the site and context. 
                                                                                                          Jane Revitt
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Talking Chairs in The Book Lounge, Royal Festival Hall, London

Ladybird Chair, Charnwood Museum, Loughborough

March 2015
The Ladybird Chair was made to mark 100 years of Ladybird Books. The chair and matching cushions are in a new gallery at Charnwood Museum in Loughborough, the town where Ladybird books began. The stories and poems recorded for the chair are spoken by Alex Mathie. 
Ladybird Talking Chair, Charnwood Museum

"The chair looks fantastic. It looks fabulous in our space with the new furniture we’ve had made. The recording sounds brilliant and feedback from visitors is really positive.

Thank you so much for our chair, we absolutely love it."

Jayes Ashleigh, Ladybird Ladybird Project Coordinator, Charnwood Museum

Christmas Chair & Cushions

December 2014
 Map Cushions in the Talking Chair in Hebden Bridge Town Hall

The chair in Hebden Bridge Town Hall is a popular feature and is used by visitors every day. Here it's being used to display map cushions for a pop-up Christmas shop.

Tracey Thorn

June  25th 2013
The two Map Chairs are being used by Hebden Bridge Arts Festival again this year. Here's Tracey Thorn, talking about her new book, Bedsit Disco Queen while sitting in a chair....
Tracey Thorn at the Birchcliffe Centre,  Hebden Bridge Arts Festival
Photos Sarah Mason

Map Action fundraising auction

This A-Z chair was auctioned to raise funds for Map Action - a charity which maps disaster zones to help relief efforts. It was donated by A-Z maps who owned it since 2002.

Here's part of the article from the Londonist about the auction…

This unique piece of furniture was created by artist Jane Revitt for The Poetry Lounge – part of the 2002 Poetry International Festival at The Royal Festival Hall.
More than a chair covered in the A-Z map of London, it also includes loudspeakers in the wings, so you can listen to your favourite tunes.

Salford Museum

January 2012
Salford Museum's chair was created for an exhibition celebrating 250 years of the nearby Bridgewater Canal. The chair was covered with fabric showing a map of the area in 1903. Voices of people recalling their memories and stories of the canal were played on the speakers.

"Jane's Story Chair has been by far the most popular and talked about part of our exhibition. Not only does it provide a visual focal point in the gallery, it is inviting and encourages people to sit, listen and slow down"

Talking Chair designed for Salford Museum, with upholstery fabric showing the Bridgewater Canal
March 2012
The Salford chair is still as popular as ever, my colleague has organised for it to tour around libraries in Salford after the museum exhibition finished in January, and it has been so popular, people have been waiting at the libraries for it to arrive!"

Naomi Lewis, Outreach Officer, 
Salford Museum & Art Gallery

Hoyland Health Centre

January 2012
A family of chairs have been installed in the patient waiting area of the new Hoyland Centre. They were covered in fabric printed with the Ordnance Survey map of the town and surrounding areas.

The three chairs are reminisent of those in the fairy story - Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In conjunction with colourful round stools and birds on the wall, an alternative waiting area has been created to enliven visits to the building for people of all ages. 

The centre combines council services, a health centre and library under one roof.

Commissioned by Beam and Barnsley Community Solutions.