Finishes & Applications
Enter the ancient arched gateway of Borthwick Castle and embrace a hidden world of luxury and majestic style, steeped in 600 years of dramatic Scottish history.
Located in Scotland, Borthwick Castle is one of the finest and best preserved 15th century keeps – and, over the course of its long history, it has seen its fair share of hard winters!
Nearly 100 years after its last major refurbishment, a dramatic overhaul of the castle began in 2013. The interior design was led by Melanie Brown, owner of Design Direction, who won an award for her inspirational work.Visit Borthwick Castle
George Smith was delighted to be chosen to supply much of the furniture for the castle. Using a combination of traditional techniques and master craftsmanship, we created truly special pieces for this fascinating project.
Contrasting fabrics is a creative way to make a piece of furniture stand out and become the statement piece in a room. For this particular project, Melanie chose to contrast leather with fabric on many of our signature pieces, such as our Brewster chairs. She also had the idea of combining different textures and colours of fabrics, including tweeds and velvets. Many of the pieces in the project are bespoke or made-to-measure items, echoing the history of the castle and tailored to the room each is situated in. At George Smith, we specialise in modifying furniture design ideas to suit any project, and take pride in creating completely original bespoke pieces.
Each of the bespoke pieces we made feature incredible attention to detail. A different crest, each belonging to a former inhabitant, can be found embroidered on the pieces in each of the bedrooms. This unique design element can be applied to any of our furniture, using any material – even leather, creating a personal touch specified to you. The largest of the crests created was that of Mary Queen of Scots, which comprised an impressive 78,000 stitches.
The largest of the crests created was that of Mary Queen of Scots, which comprised an impressive 78,000 stitches on a Baby Drum.
George Smith Morantz Chair and Bespoke Slipper Chair in the Red Rose Bedroom of Borthwick Castle
George Smith made many Bespoke Slipper Chairs, each with a different embroidered crest for each room.