TILT Studio of London notes that "while technology advances, and contrary to expectations, books are still loved. The OpenBook is a seat and a library that celebrates the printed form." It is based on an earlier Library chair, designed for an historic building where they couldn't fasten shelves to the wall, so they incorporated them into the seating.
The new design has some significant improvements:
It is a comfortable reading space for those wanting a quieter moment, while also a showcase for books and magazines of any size and shape. At the same time the chair was to be open, exposing the user to others within the space allowing for serendipitous interaction. The OpenBook Chair has a fully upholstered interior, including an upholstered side panel, offering additional comfort and sound insulation.
The original library chair was a great response to a problem often faced in adaptive reuse of historic buildings, Preservationists take note!