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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. Barber Osgerby identified the rear view of the chair as critical to the concept of the design – the most visible aspect when the chair is in situ. A strong vertical timber, resembling the spines of books on shelves, forms one of the three legs that attaches to the sled base. This circular construction produces a strong yet remarkably light oak chair. The Bodleian Libraries Chair was also announced as the winner of the Icon Awards 2014 Furniture Design of the Year.

Bodleian Libraries Chair

The Bodleian Libraries Chair is Isokon Plus’s most recent collaboration with designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.  The chair was selected from an impressive list of entries to win the Bodleian Libraries Chair competition and is only the third new chair developed specifically for the Bodleian since 1756.  

Designers: Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby

First produced: 2014

Dimensions: 654 x 526 x 822h mm

Finish: Oiled oak, raw oak or black lacquered oak

Item made to order. Delivery in 6 - 8 weeks.  Shipping price on application 


Please email us at ply@isokonplus.com for more information or if you are interested in ordering multiple chairs.


Main Image Credit: Gyorgy Korossy







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