- Year / 2014
- Manufacturer / Isokon Plus
Bodleian Libraries Chair
A chair designed by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby with manufacturer Isokon Plus was judged as the winner of the highly coveted Bodleian Libraries Chair Competition. The three-legged oak chair is a contemporary response to the brief which combines a strong sense of craft heritage, sculptural form and complex reader requirements. The winning chair exemplifies Barber & Osgerby’s deeply researched and intellectual approach to design. Early inspiration came from their strong local knowledge of the Bodleian Library and cultural setting combined with the practice’s expertise drawn from research for previous chair designs – notably the Tip Ton chair for Vitra.
This is only the third new chair developed specifically for the Bodleian since 1756, and joins an illustrious group of historic chairs that have supported readers over centuries.