The Smoking Room

Client : Bowhill

Date : July 2016

The Smoking Room at Bowhill House - the country home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch is now open to the public for the first time in 138 years following a contemporary refurbishment of the interior by Timorous Beasties and Dovecot Studios.

The velvet curtains produced by Timorous Beasties were influenced by the original chenille curtains recorded in the 1915 inventory, but with a modern twist featuring a swirling smoke pattern and an edge of lit cigars bearing the family insignia: 'BQ'.

Timorous Beasties also created a number of bespoke linen fabrics used on the room's centrepiece to decorate the furniture, featuring a light smoke texture and adorned with illustrations depicting the sporting nature of the estate. The room's centrepiece - the sofa - features a depiction of the south facade of Bowhill House across the rear.

Photograph by Phoebe Grigor.