The Travelin' Librarian Libraries Oxford’s Library Chooses Its First New Chair Design Since 1936

Oxford’s Library Chooses Its First New Chair Design Since 1936

Bodlean ChairOxford’s Bodleian library—aka the Bod—is one of England’s largest libraries, a 414-year-old research hub steeped in tradition and history. For example, only three types of chair have ever been designed for use inside its walls. Until now, that is: According to Co.Design, the library has chosen a fourth design to replace its older models.

Why is the Bod choosing to inaugurate a new chair now, 77 years after its last model was designed? Because one of its buildings is currently undergoing a major renovation—and each major revamp has seen the introduction of a new chair. In other words, it’s tradition. After launching a UK-wide call for designs in 2012, the library whittled 60 entries down to six—and finally, they chose a winner: A three-legged wooden chair submitted by London designersEdward Barber and Jay Osgerby.

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