Simpson & Brown was commissioned by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society to design the interior of the Hunter Boardroom for their club premises at 28 Queen Street in Edinburgh. Traditional panelling and painted decoration, combined with modern lighting and other fittings, has transformed a plain attic studio into an opulent and well-equipped boardroom. Although the new room is clearly contemporary, it remains in keeping with the architecture of the Georgian townhouse. The staircase to the boardroom, previously a gloomy service stair with a dark cramped landing, has been opened up to create a warm and inviting approach.
The new furniture includes a bespoke boardroom table and chairs manufactured using traditional methods and materials to a design which is compatible with both contemporary and period styles. Panelled doors, which can be completely folded away out of sight, conceal a bar and cloakroom. The crystal light fittings, which echo the appearance of whisky tumblers, were imported from Milan. Remote-controlled Venetian blinds have been installed in the cupola to facilitate the use of a state-of-the-art projector system, which enables the display of full-size presentations from a distance of only 40cm. The walls of the Hunter boardroom are lined with framed facsimiles of John Kay’s “Edinburgh Portraits”, a series of late 18th and early 19th century prints portraying notable Edinburgh characters.