ICS Furniture Announces Collaboration with The Cathedral of St John the Divine New York on Bespoke Seating Project

by Martha, March 25, 2024

In a testament to innovation and craftsmanship, ICS Furniture based in Dromod, County Leitrim, Ireland, announces 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.

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 which is expected just before St. Patrick’s Day demonstrates again, ICS Furniture’s ability to deliver bespoke furniture solutions on a tight timeline. The company will continue to work closely with the Cathedral to facilitate customs clearance and oversee the delivery process.

The Cathedral of St John the Divine represents the latest addition to ICS’s extensive portfolio of over 3,500 projects including 18 Cathedral and Basilica projects  across Ireland, the United States, Canada, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Australia and the United Kingdom

Celebrating 50 years in business in 2022, ICS remains a family-owned company founded by Charlie Duignan and led on by his son Gavin Duignan, who continues to drive innovation in furniture design.

About ICS Furniture
ICS Furniture is a leading provider of bespoke seating and furniture solutions, with a focus on exceeding expectations through innovative design and craftsmanship. With a strong heritage for over 50 years, ICS remains a family-owned company committed to delivering exceptional products tailored to each client’s unique needs.

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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