Paul Hodgkiss Designs feels a deep-rooted bond with whisky distilleries. Distilleries have a strong belief in traditional crafts. This has been a huge factor in our success, bringing design, brand, function and spectacular quality to a number of projects over the last 16 years including Isle of Arran, Glenfiddich and Balvenie Distilleries.
One project that was an amazing opportunity was to work on the Grant Family Home in 2012. Our brief was to transform an old Kiln building on the Glenfiddich site. The client wanted to create a place with a family atmosphere, that would allow the hosts to have a homely place to relax and share their family and whisky related stories.
Paul Hodgkiss Designs decided that it would be fantastic to use family furniture that had been held in storage, and then use same aged reclaimed stone for the fireplace and doorways. Then incorporate the existing architecture and materials. An interesting idea emerged to punctuate the family time-line with iconic furniture allowing the host to engage in the telling of the family stories.
Reclaimed walnut panelling was used for the lift, unique plaster frame ideas for family portraits and flooring made from reclaimed pitch pine bonded warehouse floor joists.
The stone walls were kept which help create the ideal environment. Re-introducing the unusual diagonal sarking boards (softwood boards, normally 150 mm wide, that attach to the rafters of a pitched roof. They provide extra strength to the overall structure of a building) for the ceiling, along with chosen iconic furniture. All these design elements combined allowed a family atmosphere to be created.
The blending room accommodates parties of visitors to learn and practise the art of blending and house a piece of furniture that was to show the companies rare and valuable whiskies.
This took extremely precise and smart design. Walnut, LED lighting, retracting tap and quartz. We included a design where furniture completely hid the heating/air conditioner systems. The VIP dining room furniture was crafted from home grown Walnut in a design that leads the juxtaposition of classic traditional design with the contemporary. Stone walls were broken through for a fireplace and extra doors.
This was one of the most exciting and fulfilling projects Paul Hodgkiss Designs has ever had the pleasure of being part of. And we look forward to being involved in many more.