Bodleian Libraries Chair wins prestigious Icon Award

5 December 2014

The Bodleian Libraries Chair, designed by Edward Barber OBE and Jay Osgerby OBE, has won a prestigious Icon Award.

Awarded annually by Icon Magazine, the awards celebrate the best in architecture and design from Britain and beyond.

Image of the Bodleian Libraries Chair in Duke Humfrey's Library

The innovative chair designed by the Barber Ogersby duo was chosen from among five nominees in the Icon Awards Furniture Design of the Year category. The awards were judged by industry experts and the winners were announced at a ceremony in London on 4 December.

Barber Osgerby designed the chair specifically for the reading rooms in the Bodleian's new Weston Library after winning the Bodleian Libraries Chair Competition in September 2013. The three-legged oak chair design is only the third bespoke seat to be made for the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries since 1756. Readers in the newly-refurbished Weston Library are already using the award-winning chairs, which are manufactured in the UK by Isokon Plus.

Image of the Bodleian Libraries Chair in Old Schools Quad

This latest accolade follows a number of honours for British designers Barber Ogersby and their Bodleian Libraries Chair. Earlier this year, the chair was shortlisted for the Designs of the Year 2014 competition, run by the Design Museum in London, and was also shortlisted for an ELLE Decoration British Design Award.

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