Wendy's Subway Reading Room Redesign


In January 2023, we reopened the doors to our third space, after a move, renovation, and redesign masterminded by Ford Bostwick with support from Mark Anthony Hernández Motaghy and Molly Chen.

Ford's custom furniture is stunning and simple, functional and efficient, and adaptable to all our programming, display, and storage needs. Prominent fixtures structure the space into three distinct parts—with an entrance featuring titles from our library, a main study area, and an office space in the rear.

We are grateful to Ford and the incredible KLN Studio bringing our home to life. 

Two central tables designed by Ford, which offer dedicated surfaces for individual study or collective seminars and workshops and sit beside our permanent library collection. Behind them, two large, mobile, A-frame shelves display a curated collection of reading materials and partition the library and office spaces. On the right, modular library carrels designed by Tyler Polich and Hannah Wilentz.

A double-layer white material HPL plywood conference table with a storage shelf for books, papers, and laptops around the perimeter that acts as the main work surface for Wendy’s Subway staff.

Modular shelving units with integrated feet, cleats, and handles that allow for wall-mounting and stacking, and hand or wheeled movement—utilized in both the back office and entrance of the space.

Modular shelving units with integrated feet, cleats, and handles that allow for wall-mounting and stacking, and hand or wheeled movement—utilized in both the back office and entrance of the space.

The facade of our reading room with big glass windows through which some of Ford’s other shelving units, and wall-hanging shelves by John Buonocore displaying curated titles from our collection are visible.

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