Collaboration is at the heart of the Workstead ethos.  It is through connections with other people and firms that every project comes to life.  Here are some of the visionary, creative folks that helped make Workstead House | Charleston a reality.  




Inspired by the natural beauty of Southern California, Lawson-Fenning first came to the low country via Workstead’s curation of the iconic Dewberry Hotel.  The furniture and home goods company’s design easily translates in the context of Workstead House | Charleston, with the mid-century lines of key pieces contributing to the deep sense of modern living rooted in an elegant past.  Like Workstead, Lawson-Fenning believes that a home is a dynamic space that ought never to collect dust.  In addition to being a marquis vendor for Workstead House | Charleston, Lawson-Fenning is co-hosting the Southern Modernism Storefront, a pop-up reflecting the project and its partners.


Farrow & Ball paints are born and bred in Dorset, England, where the founders built their first factory in 1946. Their passion for making paint to original formulations, using only the finest ingredients and age-old methods, lends to a signature immersive depth of colour.  Workstead has long used Farrow & Ball paint for keystone projects and is honored to work with the company again on Workstead House | Charleston in a city so closely tied to and defined by its English heritage.


From their inception in 1836, when Stephen Holland and Frederick Sherry began as woolen merchants in London’s Golden Square, Holland & Sherry has specialized in the finest textiles for the apparel industry. Ranging from sumptuous wools and silks to rugged Scottish tweeds, the collection became the benchmark for quality and craft in the nineteenth century. In 1998, Holland & Sherry Interiors was born out of this legacy. Taking inspiration from these traditional apparel fabrics, their interiors textiles have a transitional quality suited for all aspects of the decorated room.  Workstead first worked with Holland & Sherry Interiors on the Dewberry, where their fabrics appear on Lawson-Fenning furniture pieces--a relationship that continues with Workstead House | Charleston.  


A native son of Charleston, Tim Hussey made the conscious decision to shift his career toward contemporary painting in 2000. His art utilizes various media and contrasting subject matter to cross-pollinate and suggest a bigger picture--a narrative that has no end or beginning but urges the viewer to look deeper at its implications.  In addition to living next to Workstead House | Charleston, Tim is graciously lending key pieces to the home’s beautiful interiors.


After searching far and wide for the perfect frame, Workstead finally found their creators at Artizom, a locally-owned and -operated fine art service in Charleston, SC.  With a knowledgeable staff of artists, Artizom offers professional custom framing for works on paper, canvas, photographs, textiles and collectibles.  They have generously framed a 16’ x 4’ charcoal piece by artist Brandon Hinman that will hang in the Drawing Room of Workstead House | Charleston.  


Based in Charleston, Meadors, Inc. was established in 1985.  The founder James C. Meadors, a native South Carolinian with over 30 years of experience in construction and preservation, has built a team of architects, artisans, designers, and craftspeople committed to advancing the building and design professions using traditional techniques aided by the latest technologies.  Meadors fabricated all the custom cabinetry for Workstead House | Charleston, including the Vitrine, the round island, the cabinetry in the Butler’s Pantry, and the custom Vanities in the Master Chambers’ Bathing Room.  


Jim and Chris Sloggatt of Gateway Park Enterprises are a Charleston-based father and son team of contractors--and the heart and soul of Workstead House | Charleston.  Not only skilled craftsmen but also visionaries, they worked tirelessly on making the project sing, even when the road ahead was long and arduous.  Working with them was as fulfilling as the end result, and Workstead thanks them for their extraordinary contribution.  


Melissa Sutton is the visionary and creative force behind the Charleston-based interior design and consulting firm, Plum Collective. She is passionate about curating contemporary and 20th Century furniture and has worked with people all over the world to help improve their collections. Her sensibility and knowledge of interior design history and sourcing is encyclopedic and she was instrumental as a furniture dealer and styling collaborator for Workstead House | Charleston. In addition to object curation, Plum Collective’s services include everything from project managing to purchasing to custom furniture designs and installations.


Since 1978, RTW owner Janyce McMenamin has called together collections from Italy, France, England, and the U.S. for her King Street boutique. She is a true fashion pioneer, whose eye for design and attention to detail has set the tone for Charleston style, character, and beauty for nearly four decades—in no small part because Janyce believes that the pleasure of shopping should be coupled with wardrobe experts who are personally invested in their clients. RTW is graciously outfitting Stefanie for Workstead House | Charleston photography.


Brooks Reitz is the founder of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co., a line of small-batch cocktail staples, and Oyster Shed Wine Co. A native of Kentucky, he is based in Charleston, whose food and drink revolution he has undeniably had a hand in shaping. As the owner of Leon’s Oyster Shop and Little Jack’s Tavern, both of which have attracted press attention and crowds of diners since they opened. A dear friend of Workstead, Brooks curated the custom vetrina in the Workstead House | Charleston kitchen.


Neither Kit Bennet nor Mary Silsby was formally trained in the floral industry—which makes the respect and devotion they’ve gained since launching Lotus in 2000 that much more impressive. From the beginning, they have drawn from their backgrounds in artistic design to create inspired arrangements from a fresh perspective. The quality of their work—which spans all occasions, from weddings to holiday parties—paired with an unwavering commitment to Southern hospitality and personal service is what transforms an event into a memory. Their custom arrangements embody the Southern Modern ethos of Workstead House | Charleston.


At the Billy Reid store in Charleston, it’s hard to distinguish the sales staff from stylish shoppers. Employees are prone to dropping by even on days off, and everyone, clients included, greet one another by name. The laser focus on customer service makes a formidable impression, and we are so thrilled to be on the receiving end. At the Workstead House | Charleston showcase in June, many of our food and beverage collaborators, plus core principals, will be wearing the latest Billy Reid collection.




From its roots as a small lantern studio, The Urban Electric Co. has become one of the most recognized lighting companies in the industry as well as an important contributor to the successful return of American manufacturing.  

The company exudes the best of past and future and is passionate about protecting both the tradition and sustainability of artisanal craft.  Headquartered in Charleston, SC, the Urban Electric Co. is closely aligned with Workstead, a relationship that began with their customized work for the Dewberry, and is a key collaborator for Workstead House | Charleston, with their lighting and fixtures featured prominently throughout the estate.


The founders of 2 Note, Carolyn Mix and Darcy Doniger, are creators at heart.  Both musicians, they have a long-standing love affair with the art of bottling nature. 2 Notes’ name comes from the relationship between music and scents: fragrant compositions are traditionally described in notes, like those on a musical scale.  All of their products, including those created for Workstead House | Charleston, are crafted in small-batches and by-hand.  From a candle, to shampoo, conditioner, linen spray, room spray, each product is inspired by the beautiful contours of living in Charleston.


Headquartered in Forest, Virginia, Moore & Giles was founded in 1933 during the heart of the Great Depression.  In the early 1990s, the company shifted its primary focus to leather sales to the home furnishings industry.  This pioneering effort brought a fashion approach to home furnishings that showcased the visual and tactile beauty of natural leather.  Workstead is honored that Moore & Giles has provided leather hides for the bedding concepts at Workstead House | Charleston, paying homage to the time-tested and sustainable tradition of tanning leather.


Based in Charleston, Chambers Austelle is a contemporary figurative painter and educator best known for her compositions of vivid color and feminine subjects.  Through her work, she explores the complex ways in which society views women and their relation to beauty.  By placing idealized women in isolated settings saturated with bright colors, Chambers challenges the viewer to confront the dichotomy between the perception of liberation and that of confinement.  One of her portraits is on loan to Workstead House | Charleston.


Jeff Holt is a Charleston-based artist and photographer driven by connection to and context of his subjects.  He has been a key collaborator on Workstead House | Charleston, including workshopping design concepts, building the project’s online presence, and shooting the portraits at the first Workstead House | Charleston dinner, “In the Belly of the Whale.”  One of Jeff’s large format photographs will be on display in the Master Chambers of Workstead House | Charleston.   


A dear friend of the Workstead team, Brandon Hinman is an artist, chef, and head of the artists-in-residence program at Serenbe [hyperlink:].  His charcoal pencil drawing of a branch is prominently featured in the Drawing Room of Workstead House | Charleston in five pieces of different lengths.  The piece was created at the founders Hudson Valley home in 2012. 


In 2002, Sonos set out with one goal—to reinvent home audio for the digital age. Their vision was simple: Fill every room in every home with music and make listening a valued experience again. Today, their sleek products can be found in more than 60 countries, enabling people all over the world to hear the songs they love, to discover new music they never knew existed, and to appreciate it all with the highest sound quality. They are truly changing the way people listen to music, and we are grateful to have their wireless speakers throughout Workstead House | Charleston


More than 100 years ago William Joseph Croghan, a hand engraver and jeweler opened his store in an 18th century Charleston single house on King Street. Over the years, the business expanded to occupy the entire building. As the oldest family owned jewelry store in town, Croghan’s is a treasure trove of exciting and unique inventory, from estate and antique finds to modern pieces destined to become future heirlooms. The store is now serving its 4th generation of Charlestonians and visitors, and we are honored to showcase a collection of Croghan’s silver, serving pieces, floral vessels, and more at Workstead House | Charleston.


It's rare to walk into a Charleston kitchen and not see Le Creuset. The global cookware company's U.S. headquarters are based in the Lowcountry, and its classic cast iron, stainless, and stoneware pieces are prized in both homes and restaurants. Born in France in 1925, Le Creuset quickly found fans in the South, where cooks share the same appreciation for pieces that are not only long-lasting, but also get better with age. Le Creuset generously provided a hand-selected collection of cookware to compliment the Workstead House | Charleston color palette.


Founded by husband and wife team, Scott Blackwell and Ann Marshall, High Wire was born of a desire to introduce handmade craft spirits to South Carolina. Scott, a Culinary Institute of America trained baker, applies his knowledge of artisanal grains and culinary techniques to the distinctive gins, rums, whiskeys, vodkas, and other spirits he creates. The location for High Wire is as locally-driven as the spirits: a rustic 6,000-square-foot Upper King Street warehouse that includes a hand-hammered copper still and a cypress-walled tasting room. The bar at Workstead House | Charleston features High Wire’s signature spirits.


The Commons is a Charleston-based design team and retail destination focused on creating and curating modern craft objects that enrich the lives and of both the user and the maker. Founders Erin Reitz and Kerry Clark Speake, both fashion industry veterans, began their careers in sewing rooms and design studios making things by hand and falling in love with the process, from concept to creation. In 2013, they launched The Commons as a way to preserve that slower, more intuitive design approach in the face of rising mass production. The shop features both their own designs—including the beautifully sculptural, North Carolina–produced Shelter collection of blown glassware and glazed ceramics featured in Workstead House | Charleston—as well as a curated selection of American made goods.  


Xiao Bao Biscuit chef and owner Josh Walker is a longtime Workstead friend—and not just because we eat his food as often as possible. His inspired Asian-meets-Southern dishes are at once familiar and transportive—capturing on the plate the idea of Southern Modernism reflected in our designs and interiors. To help us celebrate the opening of Workstead House | Charleston (and cook the first proper meal in its kitchen), Josh and his team created everything necessary for a delicious and appropriately Charlestonian party, from small bites to summertime cocktails. His next project, Tu, is scheduled to open later this summer.