Libraries

Gosling libraries range from individual cabinets to entire fitted rooms, designed specifically for use as reading rooms and to store treasured and valuable book collections. A must for any bibliophile, great attention is paid to the illumination and protection of the books. The shelves and panelling, whether classical or cutting edge, are always created to frame and enhance the contents rather than overpower them. (Click on images to enlarge.)

L: A detail shot of the concave bookcase set within the fold wall, topped by a burnished, gilded dome. R: An example of gilding elsewhere in the design.
L: A detail shot of the concave bookcase set within the fold wall, topped by a burnished, gilded dome. R: An example of gilding elsewhere in the design.
Fitted library in sycamore. To the right are bookcase units designed specially for the preservation and display of ancient manuscripts.
Fitted library in sycamore. To the right are bookcase units designed specially for the preservation and display of ancient manuscripts.
L: Detail of bookcase designed specially for the preservation and display of ancient manuscripts. R: 15th Century reliquary displayed in a recessed ocula.
L: Detail of bookcase designed specially for the preservation and display of ancient manuscripts. R: 15th Century reliquary displayed in a recessed ocula.
Fitted library in sycamore. Free standing bookcases protrude into the room offering the optimum shelf space.
Fitted library in sycamore. Free standing bookcases protrude into the room offering the optimum shelf space.
Fitted library in walnut. The shelves are flanked by gables inlaid with panels of eglomise, in front of which sit turned walnut columns with gilded bases and Corinthian capitals. The frieze is a marquetry depiction of vines and inscriptions.
Fitted library in walnut. The shelves are flanked by gables inlaid with panels of eglomise, in front of which sit turned walnut columns with gilded bases and Corinthian capitals. The frieze is a marquetry depiction of vines and inscriptions.
Handpainted watercolour of the library.
Handpainted watercolour of the library.
The lower sections of the library are walnut doors with inlaid brass grilles covering panels of pleated silk.
The lower sections of the library are walnut doors with inlaid brass grilles covering panels of pleated silk.
A detail within the fitted library showing the brass grilles covering panels of pleated silk inlaid onto the lower sections of the bookcases.
A detail within the fitted library showing the brass grilles covering panels of pleated silk inlaid onto the lower sections of the bookcases.
A detail within the fitted library showing the turned walnut columns that sit in front of each gable, topped by Corinthian capitals; panels of eglomise; and a marquetry frieze of vines and Latin inscriptions.
A detail within the fitted library showing the turned walnut columns that sit in front of each gable, topped by Corinthian capitals; panels of eglomise; and a marquetry frieze of vines and Latin inscriptions.
A Gosling pencil sketch, done at the planning stage, of the turned walnut columns topped by Corinthian capitals with panels of eglomise and a marquetry frieze.
A Gosling pencil sketch, done at the planning stage, of the turned walnut columns topped by Corinthian capitals with panels of eglomise and a marquetry frieze.
Detail within the fitted library showing a concealed table, designed to hold a piano keyboard. When not in use the table fits neatly into the side of the library bookcase.
Detail within the fitted library showing a concealed table, designed to hold a piano keyboard. When not in use the table fits neatly into the side of the library bookcase.
Handpainted watercolour of a fitted library designed for a private client. Fashioned in Macassar ebony with black walnut inlays, the gables are inlaid with shagreen.
Handpainted watercolour of a fitted library designed for a private client. Fashioned in Macassar ebony with black walnut inlays, the gables are inlaid with shagreen.
Fitted bookcase in herringbone ripple sycamore bordered by walnut stringing. Compartment interiors are inlaid with walnut to give depth and solidity.
Fitted bookcase in herringbone ripple sycamore bordered by walnut stringing. Compartment interiors are inlaid with walnut to give depth and solidity.
The clean lines of the fitted bookcase are undisturbed by smooth grooves designed to open the lower cupboards.
The clean lines of the fitted bookcase are undisturbed by smooth grooves designed to open the lower cupboards.
Suspended bookcase constructed in walnut. The bookcase design incorporates a media centre, and flip down laptop workspace, with full cable management.
Suspended bookcase constructed in walnut. The bookcase design incorporates a media centre, and flip down laptop workspace, with full cable management.
Suspended bookcase showing flip down laptop work surface.
Suspended bookcase showing flip down laptop work surface.
Detail of media center and flip down laptop workspace.
Detail of media center and flip down laptop workspace.