Chair design competition

Bodleian Libraries Chair Competition WinnerA chair designed by Edward Barber OBE and Jay Osgerby OBE with manufacturer Isokon Plus has been judged as the winner of the 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.

Over the next year, the chair will be developed to production standards for installation in the Weston Library, which will open its doors to readers in late September 2014.

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Image gallery: View photographs of the winning design and shortlisted entries (Picture above by Jamie Smith)

Judges

  • Richard Ovenden - Interim Bodley's Librarian, Bodleian Libraries
  • Professor Martin Roth - Director, The Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Sir Kenneth Grange CBE, leading industrial designer 
  • Professor Jeremy Myerson, Director of Design at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design
  • Tom Dyckhoff, architecture and design critic, author and BBC Culture Show host
  • Jim Eyre - Director, Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Competition structure

University of Oxford's historic Bodleian Libraries chair design competition invited a designer/manufacturer team to create a new reading room chair for the institution's Weston Library, which is due for completion in late 2014.

The chair competition continues the Bodleian Libraries' history of commissioning bespoke furniture and will be a unique opportunity to create an iconic chair for one of the world's best known libraries. Three reading rooms, one of which is an entirely new space, will play host to the winning chair design and will be used daily by readers from across the university’s diverse faculties and from around the world.

Stage One - Expression of Interest

  • Launched September 2012
  • Design credentials submitted December 2012
  • Shortlist announced March 2013

Stage Two - Design Development

  • Launched March 2013
  • Design development deadline mid-August 2013
  • Winner announced September 2013

Stage Three - Manufacturing

  • The winning design began series manufacture late September 2013
Bodleian Libraries Chair Competition winner
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