June 26, 2014
Originally published in Modern Across America
In our Modern Across America issue, we spotlighted five American cities with design scenes worth watching. Known in part for its well-preserved architecture, Charleston is making a new name for itself as a modern craft and design hub. Here are some of our favorite of the city's projects from the Dwell archives.
An interior view of the kitchen and dining room of the Rice and Nissenboim residence.

In Charleston, South Carolina, reigning style dictates an appreciation for deep porches, painted wood, and 19th-century antiques. For designers Helen Rice and Josh Nissenboim, merging regional roots with a sharply honed aesthetic to create their home proved a worthy challenge. Photo by Daniel Shea.

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Originally appeared in Raise High the Roof Beams
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The facade of Fuzzco, Helen Rice and Josh Nissenboim's design firm.

Nissenboim and Rice’s design firm, Fuzzco, is headquartered in a 1,200-square-foot building just down the street. Photo by Daniel Shea.

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Stephen Yablon Architect used standing-seam metal as the cladding for the rear of the addition.

Stephen Yablon Architect reimagined the stilt-house typology in this cutting-edge modern addition to a home in Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, a beach community 10 miles outside of Charleston. Photo by Michael Moran.

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Originally appeared in Summer-Ready Modern Pavilion in South Carolina
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Furniture designers demonstrating Japanese wood burning technique.

When Michael James Moran, of Moran Woodworked Furniture, begins a new piece in his Charleston wood shop and studio, he first salvages a fallen tree, then takes it to a local mill, cures the planks on-site, builds the furniture, and even helps his clients install the finished product. Photo by Nathaniel Wood.

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Building a Urban Electric Company lighting fixture

Overseas production can be crippling for American companies specializing in handcrafted goods, but in Charleston, a port city with a strong craft tradition, The Urban Electric Company has learned how to combine highly specific custom pieces with off-the-shelf hardware and accessories.

 

Originally appeared in Homeland Ingenuity
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Ceramic collection by Chip Burr and Fiorenzo Berardozzi

In a city filled with culinary hotspots, Charleston's Husk is in a class of its own. Eschewing the crisp white of haute cuisine standby Limoges porcelain, the restaurant’s muted, weighty ceramics were done locally by design duo Chip Burr and Fiorenzo Berardozzi.

Originally appeared in Husk's Custom Ceramics
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An interior view of the kitchen and dining room of the Rice and Nissenboim residence.

In Charleston, South Carolina, reigning style dictates an appreciation for deep porches, painted wood, and 19th-century antiques. For designers Helen Rice and Josh Nissenboim, merging regional roots with a sharply honed aesthetic to create their home proved a worthy challenge. Photo by Daniel Shea.

Photo by Daniel Shea.

Population 125,600

Architectural Claim to Fame In a city known for its classic houses, the contemporary Spaulding Paolozzi Center by Allied Works Architecture of Portland and New York and local firm E.E. Fava Architects, Etc. is on the boards after an earlier building attempt by Clemson University was derailed by preservationists.

Retail Therapy The Pretend Store, a pop-up with a rotating roster of local and international designers

Firm to Watch Brooks Reitz and Tim Mink, of hospitality design firm Neighbourhood, have developed restaurant concepts like Poe’s Tavern, inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s time on Sullivan’s Island, and Monza, a Neapolitan pizzeria. 

 

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