Inside SNFL shot of the NYPL Chairs at central table.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library,


New York, NY | 2021

In the spring of 2018, the New York Public Library (NYPL) announced its intention to commission a new and highly anticipated reading chair for the library system’s largest and busiest branch, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL). After a complete renovation, SNFL is the central circulating branch for NYPL and services more than 1.7 million visits annually with an annual circulation of 2 million items.

Working closely with NYPL and architect, Francine Houben of Mecanoo, Thos. Moser was able to translate the libraries design requests; to be durable, easy to clean and comfortable for patrons to enjoy for several hours – into a chair that is both functional and exquisitely made.

NYPL Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library.

© Max Touhey

Project Specifier

  • New York Public Library
  • Mecanoo
  • Beyer Blinder Belle

Products Used


  • Custom design in collaboration with the NYPL.
Interior reading room at the NYPL new central circulating library.

© Max Touhey

“There are specific parameters you must abide by when designing a chair – the human form dictates many foundational design elements,” explains Aaron Moser. “And creating a chair that can remain relevant for the next 100 years and beyond only adds to the challenge. You know you’ve succeeded when the final result transcends time and space and sits comfortably in a broad range of environments, from public libraries to home offices and boardrooms. The NYPL Branch Chair does precisely that.”

Thos. Moser’s NYPL chair will serve as a unifying design element across all NYPL branches going forward. SNFL opened it’s doors in 2021 in coordination with NYPL’s 125th anniversary.


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