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Librarians’ Picks | Library by Design, Spring 2014

Libraries that have recently undergone building projects feature design elements that enrich their style and speak to their patrons’ preferences

Staying in the Loop


Situated in the entry to the children’s area of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, IA, the Highway Lounge/Bench from Segis serves a multitude of roles: it can function as a tactile climbing structure for kids and as a resting spot for adults. It introduces the youngsters to their space, where they feel at home. Segis, www.segis.it

Periodical Perfection


At Hennepin County Library–Rockford Road branch in Crystal, MN, flexibility is the key to usability in the periodicals section. The library purchased the 3Branch Mag | Box to showcase the collection in an interesting way and be able to move the items as needed. 3Branch, www.3branch.com

Lounge in Luxury


The Composium lounge chair from Ideon has found its way into the Cascade Park Community Library and the Mall Library Connection projects of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, WA. According to purchasing supervisor Kelly Ackley, the chair offers many options, such as wood arm caps, casters, tapered feet, sharp arms, and a tablet arm, among others, with a variety of back styles to make each chair distinct. “They are very comfortable and the perfect height for our senior patrons,” Ackley said. Ideon, www.ideondesign.com

Sleek Design


The Jasper Place branch of Edmonton Public Library, Alta., uses B&B Italia’s Iuta chairs, designed by Antonio Citterio, for public work and computer tables. The chairs are both sturdy and comfortable, and the steel mesh brings an airiness to the sleek design. The seats can be upholstered in a variety of fabrics and the bases adapted for a variety of functions. In keeping with the library’s style and maintaining low sight lines, Jasper interspersed Hans J. Wegner Shell Chairs (above) throughout the branch. The three-legged design and “smiling” seat add a whimsical touch. B&B Italia, www.bebitalia.com; Hans J. Wegner, www.wegnershellchair.com

Funky Furnishings


Teens at the Millis Public Library, MA, added their two cents to the options for the newly designed teen space. First and foremost was “funky furniture,” and architects Oudens Ello Architecture, Inc., and interior designer Angela O’Brien from OSO Interiors heard them loud and clear and answered with Dialogue lounge seating from HBF Designs and the Jaks ottoman from Allermuir. HBF Designs, www.hbf.com; Allermuir, www.allermuir.net

Organic Impact


Cedar Rapids Public Library, IA, sports a two-story public atrium space that cried out for visual impact. The Ameba Light from Vibia was customized from the kit’s variety of parts to hang gracefully and organically above the area’s numerous glass surfaces. Vibia, www.vibia.com

Lightweight Yet Sturdy


The Powell Branch of the Delaware County District Library, OH, chose the Moss | 3 collection from Thonet for seating. Powell branch manager George Morrison said, “The multifunctional pieces allow seating creativity to match the needs of the branch, easily transforming from a large couch style area to a circular pattern for programming such as story times.” As for the patrons, they love the simplicity and comfort of the design. Thonet, thonet.com

Parc Yourself

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At the Monroe Township Pubic Library, NJ, designed by Arcari + Iovino Architects, PC, a big hit among patrons is the Parc lounge chair from Worden. The chair comfortably fills the space and can be reconfigured easily whether in the art gallery or the quiet reading area. In addition to solid wood armrests, the chair offers a choice of “the coolest fabric patterns.” Worden, www.thewordencompany.com


Kelly Ackley, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, WA
Irene Goldberg, Monroe Township Public Library, NJ, c/o Jennifer Vreeland, Arcari + Iovino Architects, PC
Pilar Martinez, Edmonton Public Library, Alta.
George Morrison, Powell Branch, Delaware County District Library, OH
Bob Pasicznyuk, Cedar Rapids Public Library, IA, c/o Mindy Sorg, OPN Architects
Tricia Perry, Millis Public Library, MA
Ann Woodson-Hicks, Hennepin County Library, MN

This article was published in Library Journal's May 15, 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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