Lyndon Design – Reading University


Reading University Library


Lyndon Design were selected to help transform Reading university library into a modern learning environment. With the use of High backed Arthur booths they helped provide much needed informal group meeting areas and break out spaces within the library as well as delivering design expertise and comfortable ergonomics.

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Lyndon Designs sister company Boss Design also assited with the project by providing several ‘Unifi’ work pods which has helped to transform the library into a collaborative workspace reflecting the demand for change in the constantly evolving learning environment.


A total of 15 ‘high back booth’ Arthur sofas from Lyndon Design help create ‘breakout’ spaces, blending soft seating with functional working aspects, enabling students to collaboratively work in various group sizes in familiar, relaxed spaces.

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Lyndon’s comments

Arthur’s definitive high back provides a sense of privacy with minimal distractions for students by limiting background noise. The horizontal paneling creates comfort and the lumber cushions unique to Arthur offer ultimate relaxation for extended seated work sessions. The low, soft seat helps to provoke the current trend for a high quality, productive learning environment that supports group work, revision and extended study time.

Client Comments

Commenting on this latest specification, Daniel Griffiths, Brand Management at bof said: “Arthur provided the perfect solution for this project. In addition to its technical and aesthetic triumphs, Arthur is an exemplar in creating a new and improved communal learning environment.”


Constructed in the 1960’s and extended in 1984, the library is situated on the Whiteknights campus at the University of Reading. The recent development shows the need to keep up to date with ever-changing study patterns by providing a dynamic learning environment to suit all teaching styles for current and future University of Reading students.


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