Chairs are a crucial part of any public space. They’re the supporter of conversation, the foundation of long study sessions, and the advocate for time spent in a good book. And when they’re designed with intention and thought, quality chairs provide comfort, focus, and longevity.
Every library needs to be prepared to support a wide variety of needs. Whether it’s a quick, 15-minute stop or 3 hours spent on a large project, chairs are a crucial aspect of the overall experience patrons have in a library.
From the modern aesthetic captured within our Etta Chair to the refined, warm style of our Rio Chair, we are proud of our 30+ years of experience creating library furniture and the collection we’ve developed to meet the needs of a modern library patron.
Here at Agati, we are one of the few who specifically design our chairs for libraries, and for the patterns of use typical in public spaces.
When somebody sits in a seat that’s designed for a given task, it’s easy to see their comfort level is greater than it would be in a seat not intended for that use. Spaces may change, but instinctual work patterns do not, so library chairs that are not suitable to a specific work pattern usually just end up being unused.
Additionally, each of our furniture is created with durability as a top priority. In public spaces, people often treat furniture with a little less care than they would at their home. By designing chairs to withstand the daily use and abuse in a library, we are able to guarantee a product that will last for years to come.
Wooden library chairs aren’t going anywhere, though the traditional aesthetic has certainly been updated to keep up with contemporary design.
By using lighter wood tones, Modernist inspiration, and unique shapes and sizes, we are able to balance the traditional feel many patrons expect from a library with the modern design necessary to provide for contemporary needs.
In order to promote focus, we follow the “10/18/18 Rule” with all of our wood library chairs. By crafting the seat back with a 10 degree recline and both the height and depth of the chair at 18 inches, our chairs are able to support longer durations of work-style tasks.
Balance is crucial for a library to be both effective and accommodating. The trusted table-and-chair set-up is valuable, but will not address every need your patrons will have. This is where library lounge chairs come in.
Our lounge furniture is designed to support shorter tasks (such as checking email), while also providing comfortable space for patrons who want to spend a lengthy amount of time reading, writing, or journaling.
In contrast to our library chairs designed for work-intensive tasks, our lounge library chairs follow the “20/20 Rule.” A proper lounge chair will have a 20-degree recline on the seat back and a seat that is 20 inches deep in order to support a lounge-style work pattern.
With our commitment to design and quality, we’re confident we can help you find the perfect solution to serve your patrons well.
In most public libraries, quality kids’ spaces are a must. But let’s be honest, children are tough on furniture. Chairs get knocked over. They get colored on with crayons. Kids stand on them. And the list goes on…
This is why we design seating for kids with the same amount of intention and future-thinking that we do with our adult products. We want to ensure that your investment in quality chairs conveys your commitment to invest into the next generation within your community.
Embodied in our Ella Children’s Chair, which both sturdy and modern, and are completely customizable to fit your space and your specific needs.