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Community Highlights: Meet Chuck Chewning of Charles H Chewning Interiors

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chuck Chewning. He shares his story with us below:

Chuck Chewning has more than thirty years of experience in luxury residential, hospitality, and preservation interior design.

Today, he runs his own design business, Charles H Chewning Interiors based in coastal Georgia. Chewning’s attention to conceptual design development, documentation, and management in the interior design field is coupled with the cross-cultural experience he accumulated from years of living in London, Milan, and New York City.

In 2014, Chewning became design director of Studio Rubelli, the interior design division of the Rubelli Group where he worked on prestigious hospitality and residential projects around the world including Longcross, the English country house in Surrey of a royal family, a new showroom in Paris for the Rubelli Group and the restoration of Palazzo Berlendis in Venice, Italy.

In 2013, Chewning completed the much-celebrated restoration of the historic Gritti Palace in Venice, Italy. For his design, the Gritti was awarded the International Hotel & Property Award and was featured prominently in Architectural Digest (May 2013). The Gritti Palace recently won an Haute Grandeur Global award and was named the best hotel in Venice by Travel + Leisure 2020 World Hotel Awards.

Chewning joined the iconic American lifestyle brand Donghia in 2008 as creative director, a position he held for eight years in New York City. Here Chewning implemented his vision for enhancing and elevating the brand’s legacy globally. In 2015, he designed and curated the exhibition, Angelo Donghia: Design Superstar, at the New School of Interior Design.

Chewning recently completed the restoration of the prestigious c. 1916 Armstrong Mansion in Savannah’s National Register Historic District for the Kessler Collection, which won the Historic Savannah Foundation‘s President’s Award.

Chewning has won awards for his work at The Prince de Galles in Paris, The Grande Bretagne in Athens (Architectural Digest, March 2004) the One & Only Kanahura in the Maldives, as well as the Hospitality Design Award (2006) the European Design Award (2003 and 2004) and the Golden Key Award (2004 and 2006).

His contributions to the design world have been recognized in countless publications including Blue Cameron’s 2014 book Conversations: Up Close and Personal with Icons of Fashion, Interior Design, and Art.

Chuck’s work was featured in Elle Decor’s October 2019 Collector’s 30th Anniversary issue. Currently, the firm is renovating a Georgian estate in Tuxedo Park, Atlanta, designing a new Greek revival-inspired estate at Ford Plantation, and planning for a new penthouse in the Baccarat Condominium tower being built in Miami.

An alumnus of The Savannah College of Art and Design, Chuck became the first recipient of the SCAD Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2008 and wrote a forward to the Assouline book SCAD: The Architecture of a University.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Navigating client personalities and their lives.

There is a lot of psychology involved in residential design in interpreting the client’s wishes and needs while anticipating what they can not visually express. We have learned that we have to translate a client’s verbal description of what they like into a visual story.

With today’s long lead times, delivery issues, and quality problems, we have to soften disappointing news and take responsibility for any problems.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Charles H Chewning Interiors is a bespoke design studio, specializing in historical renovations, new builds, and turn-key interiors. In addition, we can provide one-on-one consultation for smaller projects or freshen up existing interiors.

CHCid is experienced in designing entire interior millwork packages, specifying architectural finishes, and coordinating with general contractors and tradespeople.

A specialty of the firm is curating antiques and heirlooms with contemporary and modern furnishings for the discerning client.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
Many times we take a gamble on design details or compositions and fortunately they come together and work out. We rely on an innate sense of design, style, and structure which we must be confident in working out, not just luck!

Contact Info:

  • Email: info@chuckchewning.com
  • Website: chuckchewning.com
  • Instagram: @ChuckChewning
  • Facebook: ChuckChewning.3

Image Credits
Thomas Loof, Adam Kuehl, Susan Sully, Thomas Loof, and Chia Chong

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