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wood library chairs

November 16, 2018

Sustainable Chairs for Sustainable Libraries at Paul Smith's College

In 2017 the Joan Weill Adirondack Library, which serves Paul Smith's College in upstate New York, received sixty Charleston chairs to replace their previous seating. One of the finest college libraries in the Northeast, it serves as a regional information center with 55,000 books and serials in their collection. The Library lives up to its surroundings with an earth-sheltered, passive-solar design of the library building; Paul Smith's College is well-known for its stunning campus beauty nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, and its commitment to the environment is extended to their earth-friendly architecture. In fact, much of the wood used was harvested from the College's local green-certified lands, including cherry and sugar maple species. In 2002, the year it opened its doors, the library building even won the Outstanding Use of Wood award from the Northeastern Loggers Association. We found a kinship with the Library's focus on sustainability measures, and paid extra attention to the craftsmanship of their newest chairs.

These Charleston chairs were built to replace some of their previous library chairs, which had been purchased new in 2002 but could not stand up to the daily rigors of library demands. By the time they came to us, the warranty had long expired on their other chairs and left them with roughly half of their original order breaking from the strain. It was clear they needed chairs that would both last a lifetime and fulfill their environmental objectives, which we were eager to meet. Over a year later, the Library's Charlestons are going strong where other chairs would have begun degrading. Our warranty covers twenty years for even the busiest libraries in the country, although their service life will last much longer. Plus, the Library and College can find even more happiness with our chairs being sustainably built from the lumber sourcing all the way to factory recycling measures - truly a match for the only four-year college in the Adirondack Park!

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November 9, 2018

Eustis Chairs for Romanesque Rooms

At Eustis Chair we create furniture best tailored for your high-use space. Our line has a variety of models customized for certain architectural styles, and we'd like to highlight these styles as a starting point for deciding which chair is best for your institution. Historic country clubs and other social institutions have most preserved architecture done in the Romanesque tradition. Here’s a guide either for buildings built in this aesthetic or for a classic look for your dining/event spaces.
 
At first, Romanesque took its name from designs prevalent throughout the Roman Empire. During the Early Middle Ages it then emerged as characterized by castle fortresses. Eventually, Romanesque came to be an umbrella term for various architectural styles that have been popularized since the Late Middle Ages – others that fall under this categorization include Renaissance Revival, Baroque, and Rococo. Multiple historical buildings springing for an opulent look have invested in Romanesque features, such as large towers, lofty pillars, and detailed stonework that decorate a castle’s many passageways.
 
Some of the foremost examples above include our past customers. The Boston Public Library’s McKim building is named after its architect Charles Follen McKim, whose focus on building a “palace for the people” resulted in a Renaissance Revival masterpiece. The Abbey room, shown here, displays fifteen panels depicting the legend of Sir Galahad and the Holy Grail.
 
The College of the Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England, with its Dinand Library as one of its architectural crown jewels. Ionic columns soar to a ceiling trimmed with gold and detailed carvings, bringing to mind the palazzos of the past dedicated to philosophy and learning.
 
Claremont Country Club charms many of California’s residents in Oakland, especially with its grand dining room fit for royalty. Floor-to-ceiling windows mimic the open archways of historic courtyards, with opulent chandeliers and engraved pillars enhancing the gorgeous effect.
 
We have worked with all three to construct fitting Romanesque chairs for these premier spaces. Out of the 90+ chairs in our line, there are five that best embody the spirit of the Romanesque Revival:
 
The Queen Anne comes with the classic cabriole and ball-and-claw leg that characterizes its namesake. Its minimal ornamentation appears on the back rest, where the slat is delicately carved in slight, gently curving lines. Its origin as a late Baroque style is given a modern upgrade with additional comfort, elegance, and durability via our unique manufacturing.
 
The University Club is a Chippendale-inspired construction that is both palatial and stackable. Its woodworking adopts Renaissance-era ideals of balance and harmony in the rear rail via rolling arcs and chiseled touches. Our past clients have handpicked the University Club - or one of its arm or 10-60 iterations - to enrich their Romanesque hall ornamentation.
 
The Louis chair gets its styling from 18th century France, but the engineering is totally modern. Two lower rails flow seamlessly into the back legs, acting as firm - yet minimal - backing for the archetypal circular frame for the seat back. Its seat rails and legs are smoothed and custom stained to achieve an opulent finish, well-suited for exceptional establishments.
 
The Claremont has inspired several additions to our line as a top bestseller, with multiple clubs and institutions clamoring for its exquisite, sculpted composition. The back support is curved and braided into the shapes of leaves and diamonds, weaving its way to a seat nothing short of spectacular in its comfort and durability. It is arguably our most elegant hardwood stacking chair yet, sure to dazzle aficionados for decades to come.
 
The King and Prince was originally designed to enhance the elegance of a Victorian dining room, combining 19th century tradition with 21st century technology. The crest rail at the top lopes down from its finials to the gracefully carved back slat, presenting a seat that seems tailored for royalty. This chair, along with our arm chair alternative, stacks up to six high to maximize its use for deluxe institutions.
 
We have previously highlighted chairs best fit for Gothic Revival architecture and design. For chairs that fit other architectural styles, view our full directory of chair models or contact us for a consultation.


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October 26, 2018

Lithgow Public Library Loves Their Skillman Chairs

Libraries need facilities that will serve their community for as long as possible; Lithgow Public Library in Augusta, Maine honored these values with a 2016 purchase of 80 Skillman chairs. Lithgow Public Library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an established library from the turn of the century. Local merchant Llewellyn Lithgow first bequeathed over $500,000 in today's dollars to construct a public library; with a further gift from Andrew Carnegie and local fundraising, the building was brought into reality. Today it houses roughly 67,000 books and offers numerous services to the residents of Augusta and its surrounding towns.

In 2016 the Friends of Lithgow Library reached out to us to try out some of our chairs, which were to be part of the library's $11 million renovation and expansion project. They found a favorite in our Skillman chair, which hits the high points of comfort and durability. The Skillman's aesthetic also offers a beautiful foil for the library's Romanesque Renaissance elements, which include elaborate interior woodwork and stained glass windows. Its box construction configuration, partnered with our proprietary Eustis Joint, creates a chair that will be enjoyed for many generations to come. The last time we spoke with the library director she let us know that both her staff and the library patrons love their Skillmans - there's nothing better than sitting with a good book, and Lithgow Library proves it!


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August 17, 2018

MSU's Wharton Center Installs Two Eustis Chair Designs

Today Eustis Chairs arrived at MSU's Wharton Center for installation at this top venue. This is a very special performing arts space that has made its mark on every level. The Wharton Center is the largest performing arts venue in the state of Michigan. On a national scale, it's known for being the number one performing arts venue that's owned by a university, in this case Michigan State University in East Lansing. Globally, Wharton Center is known for both world premier commissions along with hosting one of the top twenty international venues of its size. We were delighted that we could work with an institution that has impressed everyone that comes to visit - we're ready to come out and view performances during their upcoming season, including the highly anticipated Hamilton and music from Harry Potter.

With both local and international crowds flocking to their shows, the Wharton Center realized it needed two different types of chairs: comfortable stacking chairs for easy maneuverability, and larger chairs for patrons that require extra seating space. On both counts Eustis Chair could provide: in collaboration with Irwin Seating Company we built Virginian stacking chairs and crafted our newest chair design in the Music Hall (pictured). This chair is wider than our usual lineup with overhanging upholstery that best complements performing arts venues both large and small. Let us know if you spot our chairs the next time you visit this gorgeous center!

Charleston chair library chair

August 3, 2018

Charleston Library Chairs in the Coronado Public Library

It's no surprise that the Coronado Public Library would live up to its name. The name Coronado is Spanish for "the crowned one," well-known for its coveted peninsula location in San Diego Bay. Its library was founded the same year as the city itself, and has since then been a point of pride for its community. During the turn of the century the Coronado Library Trustees built a classical revival building for the library, where it still stands today and serves as the Spreckels Reading Room. It is this reading room that needed a facelift: chairs that the library had bought for the space weren't holding up, and the library director looked at multiple chairs before deciding on our Charleston model. 

The Charlestons will now complement the splendor of their original library space to the fullest extent. Its remarkable comfort and aesthetic appeal has won accolades like the Modern Library Awards Gold Medal, which has spurred further excitement in trying these chairs nationwide. With Coronado's purchase comes the most valuable seat engineering on the market with the proprietary Eustis Joint. For libraries across the country, Eustis Chairs make it possible to allocate resources to other projects without worrying over replacing their furniture. Even in spaces with the highest demands, our chairs truly stand the test of time with a twenty-year warranty and five times that of a service life. 

In January 2003 we delivered 300 of our chairs for the chapel at Phillips Exeter Academy. After 15 years of community use, the Modular Pew chairs are better than ever while still under warranty.

March 9, 2018

Eustis Chairs 15 Years Later: Inside the Phillips Exeter Academy Chapel

Back in January 2003 we delivered 300 chairs to the Phillips Exeter Academy for their chapel, which was built in the 1800s and serves as the school hub for interfaith events and activities. The Exeter Modular Pew, seen in these photos and in the chapel today, is engineered with our Eustis Joint® for unmatched durability. These graceful, interlocking, stacking pew chairs have the traditional look and feel of church pews, including a hymnal slot in the back of each chair.

As elegant as they are when laid out in rows, the real beauty of these chairs is how quickly they can be disassembled, stacked, and moved to reconfigure the chapel for its various uses. This was an especially important consideration within Exeter’s multicultural setting, able to strike a balance between the original elegance of the chapel while offering a welcoming versatility for at least twelve religious traditions.

Since the original chair installation, the chapel’s pew chairs have seen more than fifteen years of community use. Countless religious gatherings, events, and other activities have taken place beneath its Gothic light fixtures and wooden arches. The Eustis Chairs here have been a part of these gatherings, being set up or stacked elsewhere if they were not needed. Today they’re looking better than ever while still under our twenty year warranty. Fifteen years go by so quickly within a setting as timeless as the Phillips Church!

Many thanks to Phillips Exeter and Cram and Ferguson for our wonderful relationship; we’re honored to have helped prepare this historical space for decades to come.


Whitman chair by Eustis Chair

December 28, 2017

Rutgers Pharmacy School

We manufactured and delivered our Whitman chair in solid Beech hardwood to the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, which is the pharmacy school of Rutgers University. The well regarded school chose our chairs for their unmatched durability, sustainability, and comfort. The Whitman chair is a durable variation of our popular Charleston chair and will be used in the School's study area. 

Cataumet by Eustis Chair is the most durable Windsor chair available and made in the USA

October 21, 2017

George Washington's Mt Vernon

George Washinton's Mount Vernon has hired Eustis Chair to build our Cataumet Windsor chair for a new interactive project in their visitor center. We will deliver 36 chairs later this Fall. The Cataumet chair is unmatched in durability and will last for decades given our proprietary Eustis Joint construction.

Ivy League chair by Eustis Chair and Robert A.M. Stern Architects with Chippendale design

October 18, 2017

Davenport Dining Hall

Yale University's Davenport Dining Hall is the proud new owner of 200 Ivy League chairs. The Georgian styled room and building with a Gothic facade has elegant interior wood paneling and Waterford chandeliers under the white, rounded, vaulted ceiling. The University came to us to replace their breaking chairs which were very similar in design. This marks Eustis Chair's third overall chair project with Yale University, and our first dining hall chair project on their campus.

Duquesne Arm Chair by Eustis Chair

August 4, 2017

Duquesne Club

The Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania first purchased Eustis Chair's Grill Room chairs in 2013 for one of their dining rooms. Based on the success of our first project, the Club came back to us to request a new chair for their next dining room renovation. Working together with the Club's management we have designed and are currently building our new Duquesne chair as both arm and side chairs. This new chair features furniture nail trim work, and is supremely comfortable and durable, thanks to our patented Eustis Joint® construction. Contact us today to learn more about this chair, or to discuss your next chair project or renovation.

Charleston study and reading chair by Eustis Chiar built in solid cherry with cushioned seat

May 4, 2017

University of Pittsburgh Law Library

The University of Pittsburgh's Barco Law Library has over 300 wood study and reading chairs that were breaking and need to be replaced. The Law Library staff and students reviewed several competing wood chairs, but select only one. The Charleston was selected for it's "elegance, stability, and comfort, the Charleston held the most votes by library and student staff." We are proud to be building our durable and elegant chairs, which will last for decades to come.

Federal Reserve wooden chair with traditional Bank of England style, made by Eustis Chair

March 9, 2017

America's First Lending Library

Franklin Public Library in Massachusetts has selected Eustis Chair to build replacement wood library chairs for their expanded and renovated historical Library, designed by LLB Architects.  The Library chose our comfortable Federal Reserve chair for it's traditional Bank of England design, unmatched durability of our patented Eustis Joint® construction, and 20 year warranty. We are proud to be building chairs for America's first lending library, which received books from Ben Franklin in 1778.
Eustis Chair's Edison chairs at Harvard University's Memorial Dining Hall

February 24, 2017

Wooden Chairs Create Beautiful Spaces

Can you imagine a beautiful space like Harvard University's Memorial Hall Dining Hall without wooden chairs? We certainly can't. Our sole focus at Eustis Chair is to design and manufacture the best hardwood chairs for signature, high use spaces. Our stacking and non-stacking wooden chairs upgrade the elegance of any room with the warmth and special look that only wood chairs can provide. We have over 70 different chair models ranging from traditional Gothic style chairs, Chippendale chairs, cross-back chairs, to modern minimalist wooden chairs each built to withstand decades of daily use in dining halls, classrooms, libraries, board rooms, restaurants, churches and synagogues. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you with some remarkable, U.S. made, wooden chairs.  Photo credit: Pink Orchid Weddings.

Charleston wooden dining chair with elegant back slat design and cushioned seat comes with a 20 year warranty

February 15, 2016

The New Woodshed Restaurant

The Woodshed Restaurant in Moultonborough, NH, opened in 1979 in a 19th century farmhouse, and was a New England landmark until it burned to the ground in 2014.  The New Woodshed will reopen on April 15, 2016, under ownership of a loyal past customer, G. Arnold Haynes. Haynes relocated an 1810 barn to the original Woodshed property, and chose our Charleston chair to complete the charming New England restaurant interior, created by Samyn-D'Elia Architects of Ashland, NH. 
Charleston wooden library, study and dining chair made by Eustis Chair in our U.S .Factory

January 9, 2016

Eustis Charleston Chair Wins Gold

Eustis Chair is honored to have our Charleston Chair awarded with a Gold Medal by the 2016 Modern Library Awards. The Modern Library Awards are managed by Library Works, who also created the Librarian's Yellow Pages. Their readers are asked to rate products that have been submitted for the awards, and each librarian can only vote on products they have used. Maybe it helped that over 40 libraries have chosen the Charleston chair for their renovation projects. Maybe it also helped that the Charleston chair is engineered with the patented Eustis Joint® and comes with a 20 year warranty.
Burlingame wood swivel base task chair with durable patented Eustis Joint frame and 20 year warranty.

April 20, 2015

Durable Hardwood Task Chair

The Burlingame Public Library in Burlingame, California needed a durable swivel based hardwood task chair for their 1930's  Arts and Crafts style library computer area. We designed our new Burlingame chair with our patented Eustis Joint® technology to make a durable, hardwood task chair, with easy to maneuver swivel base.
Kennedy arm chair by Eustis Chair with traditional bank of england chair style with padded seat and back

March 30, 2015

Groton School Academic Center

Working with Boston architects Shepley Bulfinch, The Groton School has ordered four different Eustis Chairs for their new Academic Center. The school chose our Federal Reserve, Kennedy, and Simmons chairs, and the new Simmons Barstool. All four chairs are elegant and very comfortable, and all are engineered with the patented Eustis Joint®, and warranted for a full 20 years. 

Madison model wooden chair with Craftsman style, upholstered seat and back, is made to order in the USA

February 6, 2015

New Madison Chair

The newly designed Madison chair is the non stacking version of our popular State stacking wood chair. Our design team made this chair even more comfortable thanks to the full width upholstered seat and back. Not only will you be impressed with the comfort, you will not find a more durable, sustainable wood chair available thanks to our patented Eustis Joint® technology which comes with an unheard of Twenty Year Warranty against joint failure. The Madison chair is made in the USA from your choice of sustainably harvested hardwood and upholstery, and is custom stained to match your tables, room, or millwork. Contact us today to learn more about our chairs, pricing, or to request a sample.
Daugherty Hall at University of Delaware with Saint Marks study chairs made in the USA by Eustis Chair

November 27, 2014

University of Delaware Daugherty Hall Renovation

Eustis Chair is proud to have provided our Saint Marks study chair for the University of Delaware's Daugherty Hall renovation lead by the talented design team of Voith & Mactavish Architects. The former Victorian, Gothic styled church is now one of the most popular study spots on campus. Read more about the renovation and Hall's history on the UDaily websitehttp://www.udel.edu/udaily/2015/mar/daugherty-hall-032315.html
Fairfield library chair in solid white oak for the College of the Holy Cross's Dinand Library

October 3, 2013

College of The Holy Cross Reading Room

The reading room at the Dinand Library at the College of the Holy Cross looks as good as when it was dedicated in 1927, and the beautiful White Oak tables are part of the reason. Library Director Kathleen Carney knew she could find the right chair to match her tables at Eustis Chair, and that we would match the hardwood and stain as well. Now let's see which lasts longer, the 90 year-old tables or the new Eustis chairs! View our Library Chair Installations page to see photos of this project and other.

Eustis Chair's Oberlin classroom chairs around Harkness Tables at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA

March 26, 2013

Episcopal High School Chairs

Working with Centerbrook Architects of Connecticut, Episcopal High School of Richmond, VA has chosen our classic Oberlin chair featuring traditional "schoolhouse" design for the Harkness discussion style classrooms in their new building. This chair was designed in 2002 for Oberlin College, and has proven its ability to hold up to decades of hard use. 

Skidmore wooden arm chair in solid hardwood with comfortable cushioned seat and back, made in the USA by Eustis Chair

June 10, 2012

New Skidmore Chair

Skidmore College located in Saratoga Springs, NY called on Michael Cohen of Boston based Elkus Manfredi Architects in 2012 to renovate their Lucy Scribner Library to expand the library and study areas. Working with the College, and Michael Cohen, we carefully designed a brand new chair for some of the sitting areas. The new Skidmore Chair is eased back for enhanced comfort, features an upholstered seat and chair back, and comes with an unmatched 20 year warranty against joint failure. Read more about the library renovation on Skidmore's website: http://www.skidmore.edu/home/library_renovation.php.

Eustis Chair's Charleston hardwood library chair with comfortable, durable, sustainable, U.S. construction

April 1, 2012

Skidmore College Chooses Charleston Chair

Architect Michael Cohen of Elkus Manfredi Architects had prior experience with our Charleston chair, and urged his client, Skidmore College, to go with Eustis Chair. While the elegance and 20 year warranty were factors in their decision, the comfort of the Charleston chair was what ultimately tipped the final choice. The Charleston is our most successful chair, installed in 35 libraries around the US, and one in Spain! 

Thomas Edison's antique replica workshop chair by Eustis Chair

March 9, 2012

Rice University Dining Renovation

In planning the renovation of Baker College Commons, Rice University architects dug through their archives and found a photo from 1920 that showed a dining room full of chairs just like our Edison Chair. They were delighted to learn that we manufacture a reproduction of their original chair, and that we manufactured 650 Edisons for Harvard University in 1995. After 17 years of hard use, 600 chairs are still standing! 

Eustis Chair's Louis stacking fine dining chair with King Louis XV style oval top back built with durable patented construction

January 24, 2012

2012 Club Managers Conference

Two brand new designs for fine-dining applications will be introduced at this year's C.M.A.A.World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo, coming up in New Orleans on February 26-27, 2012. The chair in the photo is our newest stacking chair, the Louis. We will also be introducing a new Captain's chair, designed specifically for the grill room. Come see us at booth #301. 

Eustis Chair's Oberlin chair has traditional style and durable hardwood construction for school and universities.

August 15, 2011

Cornell University 5th Chair Order

We are proud to have built Cornell University 5 orders of Eustis Chairs. Cornell University placed their first order for Oberlin chairs in 2004, and have followed with orders in 2005, 2006, 2007, and now 2011. With 300 chairs now in service, they still tell us, "nobody builds them like Eustis Chair."

Thomas Edison's workshop chair reproduced by Eustis Chair

June 29, 2011

Harvard Memorial Hall Edison Chairs

After 16 years of continuous use in Annenberg Memorial Hall, the Freshman dining hall, Harvard College has just started the process of replacing 650 Edison chairs, installed in 1995. While we can't take credit for the excellent design of this 1870's era chair, we built them the way we build all of our chairs: to meet the test of time. View our School Dining Installations page to see more photos of this project and many College and University dining chair installations.

Novato library chair at University of Liggett School John L. Booth Library

August 31, 2010

University Liggett School Chooses Eustis Chair

Working with Centerbrook Architects of Connecticut, University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan looked at all the major library resources in choosing new chairs and tables for a 2-year renovation program of their libraries and classrooms. Our Novato chair won out based on the durability of our unique mortise & tenon construction, combined with its traditional good looks. 

July 19, 2010

Marymount High School Library

Marymount High School chose Eustis Chair for new school library chairs. Los Angeles architects Jeffrey M. Kalban & Associates have experience with Eustis Chair, and recommend our Charleston chair for the Marymount High School library in spite of a budget issue. The school chose to buy our Eustis Joint® chairs over 2 fiscal years, rather than settle for a less elegant chair that would have to be replaced in 10 years.

Suffolk chair with traditional design and duraable, patented Eustis Joint® construction

March 26, 2010

Harvard Business School Baker Library

After 4 successful chair projects with Eustis Chair since 2001, Harvard Business School knew who to call to replace 28 failing chairs in their Baker Library that were only 5 years old. They chose our Suffolk chair, an antique reproduction of a 100 year old chair, but engineered with our patented Eustis Joint®. The new chair should last another 100 years, or so. 

Charleston chair by Eustis Chair with traditional Schoolhouse design and unmatched durable Eustis Joint construction

August 7, 2009

Eustis Chair Goes to Spain

For the first time ever, Eustis Chair has taken an order for 50 Charleston Chairs going to Spain. While Eustis Chair has no marketing arm in Europe, American employees of the International Institute in Madrid, Spain knew of our great chairs, and recommended them to the Board. The shipping logistics are not easy, but there is no better chair made anywhere in the US or in Europe! 

Eustis hardwood chairs around Harkness classroom tables

February 13, 2009

Westminster School New Library Chairs

Working with Boston based Interior Designers, Stefura Associates, we designed a new library chair for the Westminster School in Simsbury, CT for their Cole Library. The newly created Westminster Chair blends traditional style with 21st Century chair manufacturing techniques, including our patented Eustis Joint®. Our patented chair construction technology allows us to build the strongest, wood library chairs either with or without chair stretchers, as the Eustis Joint® makes our chair joints stronger than the hardwood of the chair. You will not find a more elegant, durable, hardwood chair available. Our chair joints are so strong that we warranty them against failure for 20 year. Contact us today to discuss your next chair project, and learn more about how we can help you.
Saint Marks Arm chair by Eustis Chair made with extra durable, patented Eustis Joint construction in all chair and arm joints

September 2, 2008

Milton Public Library

Interior Designers OSO Interiors made their final selections today of three different Eustis Chairs to complete the renovation/expansion of the 106 year-old Milton Public Library. Library Director Phil McNulty was pleased to learn that these elegant and durable chairs are being furnished by the granddaughter of Lincoln Pierce, who checked out the very first book from Milton Public Library in 1902. The library located in historic Milton, Massachusetts chose our Saint Mark Chair, Charleston chair, and Merrimac stacking chairs. View our Public Library Chair Installations page to see photos from this and other similar projects.

Spanish Mission Revival styled hardwood chair with extra durable, patented Eustis Joint construction

June 4, 2008

Smith College Chooses Eustis Chair for Renovation

Smith College located in Northampton, Massachusetts, needed a comfortable and durable library chair that would match their 100 year-old tables in the Collacott reading room. We made them a non-stacking version of our Monterey chair. Made with our patented Eustis Joint®, the Smith chairs may even outlast those glorious tables! 

Fairfield library chair with durable construction and curved back slats for back support

September 21, 2007

Simsbury + Wallingford Libraries

The Fairfield Chair, designed in 2001 for Fairfield University, has been chosen for renovations of two more Connecticut Libraries, Wallingford Public Library and Simsbury Public Library. This classic library design was specified for Wallingford by Janice Newell of JNI Design, and for Simsbury by Barbara Joslin of JCJ Architecture. Barbara and Janice have both specified Eustis Chair before, and know that their clients will be thrilled with the elegance, comfort, and durability of these chairs.

Ashburnham hardwood chair with simple two tier top back design and durable, US made construction

June 15, 2007

Ephraim City Library in Utah chooses Ashburnham

Working with Salt Lake, Utah based MJSA Architects, the Ephraim City Library today chose our Ashburnham chair, in both the adult and child size. This chair is manufactured with our patented Eustis Joint®, so it comes with a 20-year warranty against joint failure. Simple elegance was the goal for this library, which will feature custom tables manufactured by Salt Lake's premier millwork manufacturer, Fetzer Architectural Woodwork

Cross Campus Gothic styled durable library chair by Eustis Chair

March 14, 2007

Yale University Bass Library Chairs

Working with Chicago based HBRA Architects, Yale University today chose Eustis Chair to build a custom chair for their major renovation of the Bass Library formerly known as the Cross Campus Library. Aric Lasher of HBRA approved the first prototype created by Eustis, shown at right, and both Architect and client are thrilled with this new chair. 190 side chairs and 90 arm chairs are to be delivered to Yale University in September. View our Academic Library Installations page to see photos from the Gothic styled library and other projects.

Charleston library chair with comfortable cushioned seat and wood slat back design, and durable Eustis Joint construction.

November 15, 2006

Maricopa County LIbrary

In three years, the Charleston chair has been chosen by 18 university and public libraries from Maine to California, now including the Maricopa County Library District in Arizona. The Charleston chair's design is timeless, and its comfort is second to none. Combine that with the durability of our patented Eustis Joint®, and you have a real winner! 

Skillman library chair with blended Gothic, Craftsman design and traditional durable construction

October 19, 2006

Beverly Hills + Swarthmore Libraries

The second of two batches of Skillman chairs was delivered today, 100 chairs to the Cornell Science Library at Swarthmore College. Two weeks ago we delivered 55 Skillman chairs to Beverly Hills Public Library. This classic Arts & Crafts style design was developed two years ago for the Detroit Public Library's Skillman Library Branch and has become a mainstay in our line of traditional library chairs. 

Charleston chair with cushioned seat for UCLA Powell Library

July 13, 2006

UCLA Chooses Eustis for Library

UCLA chose Eustis Chair for their phased library chair replacement program. The elegant Powell Library at UCLA has 800 hardwood chairs that have lasted 10 years, but are now falling apart. They chose the elegant and durable Charleston Chair for what they hope will be a phased replacement of all their chairs. The Charleston is made with our patented Eustis Joint®, and carries a 20-year warranty against joint failure.

Cotswold model wooden chair with traditional turned front posts is made in the USA by Eustis Chair

July 11, 2006

Cotswold Antique Wood Chair

The Cotswold region in England is known for its rolling hills and natural beauty, which we believe inspired the original chair design over 200 years ago. This antique reproduction chair has been engineered for institutional use thanks to our patented Eustis Joint® technology, which comes with an unheard of Twenty Year Warranty against joint failure. The Cotswold chair is made in the USA from your choice of sustainable hardwood, arm or side chair, wood seat or cushioned seat, and is custom stained to match your tables, room, or millwork. Contact us today to learn more about our chairs, pricing, or to request a sample.

Tall Edison wooden chair is an taller verision of Thomas Edison's workshop chair also made by Eustis Chair

June 26, 2006

HBS Spangler Grillroom

Five years ago Harvard Business School opened The Spangler Center, with an elegant Grillroom in the 1920's style of the original HBS campus. The Windsor-style chairs selected for the facility have not held up, so HBS decided to replace them with our Tall Edison chairs. Eustis Chair built 650 of our similar, but shorter Edison chairs for Harvard University's Annenberg dining hall located in Memorial Hall in 1995, and all but 30 are still in service after 11 years of daily use by 1,200 college freshmen. 

Whitman chair designed for Princeton University built in solid hardwood in the USA by Eustis Chair

March 25, 2006

Princeton University Whitman College New Chair

Princeton University's Whitman College and Architect EYP worked with us to create the new Whitman chair for their study and seminar rooms. The Whitman chair shares design elements with our very successful Charleston chair. This extremely durable hardwood chair is made in our US factory from sustainably grown hardwood, can be custom stained to match your tables or room, can be built with a cushioned or wood seat, and with or without arms.
Charleston hardwood chair with 7 narrow back slats and comfortable curved top back built with durable patented construction, comes with 20 year warranty

February 27, 2006

Bridgewater State Orders Phase-2 Chairs

Bridgewater State College ordered 80 more Charleston chairs for the second phase of their renovation of the Maxwell Library. The 88 Phase-1 chairs were installed last year, and have received rave reviews from students and faculty, and from library staff. 

Novato chair has durable Craftsman styled hardwood frame built for decades of use with wood or cushioned seat

February 21, 2006

Carleton College Dining Hall Renovation

Carleton College issued its PO today for 225 Novato chairs and a custom Novato barstool for their dining hall renovation, to be completed in the late summer. College administrators considered a shorter and less elegant chair, but recognized the visual impact of these distinctive chairs, and the durability of our pinned mortise & tenon construction. 

Skillman chair with durable hardwood Craftsman / Gothic styled frame with wood or upholstered seat

October 13, 2005

Skillman Chair Finds Two New Homes

The Skillman Chair was designed for an Arts & Crafts Library in Detroit, but the simple elegance of this chair and its comfort and durability have made it the winning choice for two great institutions: the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property at New Hampshire Law School, and Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library in Washington, DC. 

Oberlin hardwood chair with traditional Arts and Crafts design and durable U.S. made construction

September 30, 2005

Cornell takes delivery of 100 more Oberlin Chairs

Cornell University chose the Oberlin Chair three years ago for a phased replacement of its crumbling classroom chairs. Facilities Manager Henry Crans is very pleased with the performance of the first two orders, and doubled his order this year to 100 chairs.

Simmons chair with classic slat back design and crowned top back for an elegant look.

September 9, 2005

Simmons College New Library

Simmons College in Boston chose Boston architects Fletcher Harkness Cohen & Moneyhum to create a special interior for their new library, and they asked us to modify our very popular Charleston Chair for this project. The elegant new Simmons Chair will be done in natural Cherry, and will be a focal point of the interior in this great new library. To see photos of this project and other similar library chair jobs, view our Academic Library Chair Installations page.

Charleston chair has classic

August 16, 2005

Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Live Oak Branch

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries in northern California recently selected the Charleston Chair for the renovation of its Live Oak branch. Thirteen libraries in New England, the Southeast, and now the West have chosen this chair for its special combination of elegance, comfort, and unsurpassed durability. 

Charleston chair by Eustis Chair in solid hardwood available with cushioned or wood seat

May 21, 2005

The Sit Test Sells Two More New England Libraries

While the photo at the right gives an indication of the elegance of our Charleston chair, it was the Sit Test that convinced designer Janis Newell to recommend our chair for the Bristol Public Library in Bristol, CT. And when the selection committee for the Parker Memorial Library Dracut, MA, sat in a Charleston chair at the new Sargent Memorial Library in Boxborough, MA, they made the decision the very next day. 

Fairfield chair made from durable, sustainable hardwood by Eustis Chair in our U.S. factory.

May 3, 2005

The University of Vermont Medical Library

The University of Vermont issued its PO today for 104 of our Fairfield chairs, in natural Cherry and natural maple, for its Dana Medical Library. These elegant chairs are engineered with the best of traditional chair-making joinery, and will provide many decades of useful service to the oldest university in the Green Mountain State. 

Charleston chair by Eustis Chair in solid hardwood frame and seat built in the USA with our patented durable joinery

March 1, 2005

Bridgewater State Library Chairs

Bridgewater State University issued its purchase order today for 88 Charleston chairs for the first phase of its major Maxwell Library renovation. The Purchasing people at Bridgewater State were very pleased to be able to purchase these elegant and durable chairs through Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium, thus avoiding the many pitfalls of public bidding. View our Academic Library Chair Installations page to see more photos of this and other similar projects.

Federal Reserve chair by Eustis Chair with Bank of England chair style and durable, patented chair construction.

January 13, 2005

Concord Public Library

The town of Concord, Massachusetts takes its history very seriously, so the choice of furnishings for The Concord Free Public Library renovation and expansion was very important. Boston architect Johnson Roberts Associates, working with OSO interiors, chose Eustis Chair to provide two of its most traditional designs, the Ivy League and the Federal Reserve

Suffolk chair by Eustis Chair is an antique replica built in solid hardwood enhanced with modern patented Eustis Joint construction

January 3, 2005

Suffolk County Superior Courthouse

Five years of renovations to the nineteenth century Suffolk County Superior Courthouse in Boston are nearing completion, and the 100 year-old courtrooms were equipped today with new chairs built by Eustis Chair. The Suffolk Chair pictured at right is an exact replica of the chairs installed in this venerable building in the late 1800’s, but it is built with our patented Eustis Joint®, and should be good for another hundred years! 

Skillman wooden library and study chair with durable, US made construction by Eustis Chair

November 7, 2004

Detroit Public Library Skillman

The Robert and Rose Skillman branch of the Detroit Public Library was officially opened today. This elegant Arts & Crafts era library was made possible by a generous bequest from the Skillman family, and features a custom chair designed and built by Eustis Chair. The Skillman Chair is made of Quartersawn White Oak, and features the pinned mortise & tenon construction used at the turn of the 20th century to insure that hardwood chairs would endure for generations. View our Public Library Chair Installations page to view more photos of this and other similar projects.

Bank of England chair, the Federal Reserve, made by Eustis Chair with patented durable construction

October 14, 2004

Rhodes College Chooses Eustis Chair

Rhodes College is proud of the traditional elegance of their Gothic designed campus, and challenged their architects, Shepley Bulfinch, to find a chair for their new Barrett Library that would be equal to the task. After a six month search, Shepley’s designers chose our elegant Federal Reserve Chair. This chair is not only “drop-dead” gorgeous and comfortable, but it is also made with our patented Eustis Joint®, and comes with a 20-year warranty.

Custom chair built by Eustis Chair for Jacksonville Public Library designed with Robert A.M. Stern Architects

August 5, 2004

City of Jacksonville Chooses Eustis Chair

The city of Jacksonville issued its PO today for 638 custom chairs for its new Jacksonville Main Branch Library. Working with NYC based Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the design team has created a solid Walnut chair which is as striking as the $95 million building within which it will reside. Once again, the company has incorporated their patented Eustis Joint® into the design to create a chair that is just as durable as it is elegant and functional.

Charleston library, study and dining chair by Eustis Chair with institutional grade durable hardwood construction

May 25, 2004

Charleston Chair Attracts More Library Buyers

The elegant Charleston Chair, selected in February for a large college library, was installed this week in the elegant new Merrimac Public Library, designed by Amsler Woodhouse MacLean. The Charleston has also been chosen recently for three other libraries: the University of Maine School of Law Garbrecht Law LibraryBoxborough's Sargent Memorial Library, and Darien Public Library in Darien, CT. While buyers are initially drawn to this chair by the elegant simplicity of its design, the durability of its Eustis Joint® construction was most often cited as the deciding factor. 

Charleston wooden library chair with traditional slat back design, institutional grade durability and 20 year warranty

February 27, 2004

Spring Hill College Library

Spring Hill College today ordered 213 Charleston Chairs for their new library, to be completed in early July. Their architect, Shepley Bulfinch recommended this new model from Eustis Chair over 24 competing hardwood chairs. The Charleston is a contemporary interpretation of the classic “schoolhouse” design, but with no stretchers. The simplicity and elegance of this design is made possible by the patented Eustis Joint®. View photos of this library chair installation and other similar projects in our Academic Library Installations page.

Oberlin wooden classroom, library, and study chair with classic durable design by Eustis Chair

January 5, 2004

Cornell University Chooses Eustis Chair

Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences today ordered 50 Oberlin Chairs for use in a few of their classrooms. This is a first for Eustis Chair, as many college administrators don't feel they can afford the quality of a Eustis Chair in their every-day classrooms. Henry Crans, Facilities Director for the College of Arts and Sciences, is frustrated with chairs that last only 3-5 years, and recognizes that an inexpensive chair is very often not the lowest cost alternative. 

Bank of England style chair, The Federal Reserve, made by Eustis Chair with durable, U.S. made, patented construction

August 1, 2002

Federal Reserve Chair

Designed for a private university in South Carolina, the Federal Reserve chair is our version of the Bank of England chair. Its comfort and elegance are rivaled only by its durability – all of the stress-bearing joints are engineered with our patented Eustis Joint™. The increased joint strength eliminates the need for stretchers, and increases the chair’s suitability for an institutional setting. Whether built in American Ash with a medium finish, as shown, or in our favorite, Black Cherry, this chair is a natural for traditional libraries, offices, courtrooms and conference rooms. 

Fairfield Youth wooden chair with durable hardwood construction is made in the USA by Eustis Chair

July 5, 2001

Most Durable Hardwood Youth Chair

The Fairfield Youth chair is the most durable hardwood chair available due to our enhanced mortise and tenon joinery. Each chair is hand assembled by our expert craftsmen in our United States chair factory in the northeast, from your choice of hardwood, wood or cushioned seat, arm or side chair, and is custom stained to match your tables, mill work, or room. Just like the full size Fairfield chair, the Fairfield Youth chair is adapted from the Arts & Crafts design movement that was led by Frank Lloyd Wright, Stickley Furniture, and Greene and Greene Architects, and features curved lower back slats for enhanced comfort and sitting posture.
Ivy League wooden chair in Chippendale style made from solid hardwood in the USA by Eustis Chair

March 1, 2001

Harvard Business School Spangler

The Ivy League chair was designed for the main dining hall at the Harvard Business School's Spangler Center, working with renowned architect Robert A. M. Stern. The timeless Chippendale design, combined with the finest mortise and tenon construction, makes this chair an ideal choice for an elegant university dining hall where constant use puts any hardwood chair to the ultimate test.