Portsmouth Bench

Barber & Osgerby

Barber Osgerby were commissioned to design new choir stalls for Portsmouth Cathedral. The rigorously spare overall form and details of the Portsmouth Bench evolved from the idea that the design should have a quality of anonymity - neither too strikingly contemporary, nor too obviously traditional - that would both contrast with and complement the architecture of the cathedral’s interior, parts of which date back to 1180.

The specified material for the Portsmouth bench was oak, which, while heavy, is possessed of an inherent strength that allows sections of the design to be very thin. The result is a slim and elegant bench which was sturdy enough to seat two to three choristers, yet light enough to move easily.






Clear lacquered


1100L x 460W x450H
1500L x460W x450H