The Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York

The Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York

Project Details

Location: The Cathedral of St John the Divine New York

In March 2024 we announced the successful completion of a bespoke seating project for The Cathedral of St John the Divine, the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. This collaboration began in 2018 when the Cathedral sought a solution for their seating needs that would accommodate their diverse range of services and events.

The project, which resumed in early 2023 after a pause due to external factors including the COVID-19 pandemic, resulted in the creation of 2,000 custom-designed chairs tailored specifically for the Cathedral’s requirements. Each chair, a modified version of ICS’s renowned ICON 40 chair, was meticulously crafted to compliment the Cathedral’s existing architecture, featuring a darker stain, and engraved with the Cathedral’s iconic Rose Window emblem.

Project highlights:

One of the distinctive aspects of this project was the opportunity for individuals to dedicate each chair as part of the Cathedral’s fundraising efforts. ICS provided personalized dedication plaques for each chair.

“ICS are truly humbled that Dean Patrick Malloy and his team at St. John the Divine have chosen to work with us and our chair design for their seating project,” said Gavin Duignan, the designer of the ICON 40 chair and owner of ICS Furniture. “The ICON 40 chair is designed with the end user in mind ensuring that each chair not only meets functional requirements but also reflects the Cathedral’s unique identity.”

Dean Patrick Malloy says, “Modern objects can be jarring in historic buildings, but the contrast between the classic and the contemporary, when done well, can be extremely pleasing and even evocative. ICS understands both the problems and the possibilities. Years of dynamic and exceptionally cordial dialogue between them and the Cathedral is about to bear fruit. Their chairs will allow us to stage the Cathedral’s diverse events – music, the visual arts, lectures, panel discussions, and, above all, the worship of God – efficiently and beautifully. We are delighted that the Cathedral is ICS’ first major American commission.”

The project, completed in just over six months from sign-off to delivery, ensured the chairs were installed for Easter Sunday Service 2024, demonstrating again, ICS Furniture’s ability to deliver bespoke furniture solutions on a tight timeline.

About The Cathedral

Over one hundred years ago, the trustees of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine conceived its mission to be a house of prayer for all people, an instrument of church unity, and a center of intellectual light and leading in the spirit of Jesus Christ.

Today, as the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and the seat of its bishop, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine serves the many diverse people of our diocese, city, nation and world through the worship of God; pastoral, educational and community outreach activities; cultural and civic events; international ecumenical initiatives; and the preservation of the great architectural and historic site that is its legacy.

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“ICS have looked after us very well. The design of the furniture was crucial to the whole project and Gavin took the time to understand our needs and design and deliver the right product for us.  Before production samples were made and brought to us, which was very helpful as we realised our design on the choir seating needed to be adjusted – which was done without any fuss or problem.  I can (and often do when visitors comment on our church) recommend ICS to anyone looking to replace their furniture.  Quality products, bespoke design, and good care of customers – I couldn’t have asked for more.”

Revd David Penny, Vicar

St. Matthew and St. Luke, Chadderton

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