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St Deiniol’s library in Hawarden, Flintshire, was founded by Gladstone in 1889 and is unique in being a residential library. The original aim of gathering scholars from all disciplines for the pursuit of divine learning continues today with the library attracting scholars and clergy from all over the world.
Treske were asked to design a reception desk to fit seamlessly into the Arts and Crafts style of the library. Made in fumed and stained oak the reception desk sits at the hub of the library and is fitted out for telephone and computer use. The use of feature arts and crafts mouldings strongly links to the established furniture, so much so that it is hard to tell that it was not built as part of the original library.