The Urban Electric Co. hosted a panel in Charleston earlier this month just ahead of the Charleston Antiques Show. The panel, followed by a lavish party, was held inside the remarkable Aiken Rhett House in downtown Charleston. Cocktails on the piazza and a seven-course meal in the iconic double parlor, was a fitting celebration for the level of culture, inspiration, and fun that took place earlier that day.
At the panel, top-tier experts weighed in on such topics as “Preservation As Inspiration” and “Living with History.” History and the act of preservation inspired the restitution of the 12th Earl of Shaftesbury’s family home, as well as numerous restorative projects by designer Steven Gambrel, both of whom offered primary points of discussion.
Before you read these seven takeaways from the panel, here’s what you need to know:
PANELISTS (pictured above):
Steven Gambrel, Interior Designer
Eve Ashcraft, Color Expert
Jessica Mischner, Co-Founder of Ballyhoo + Co. (facilitator)
Nick Ashley-Cooper, 12th Earl of Shaftesbury
Winslow Hastie, CEO of Historic Charleston Foundation
In the design world, there has been a fundamental and nearly universal shift toward an appreciation of history and a sense of place. Whether it’s through a book, a photograph, a resurrected paint pigment, or the practical need to restore an ancestral estate, preservation has become more than just a process; it’s also one of the most integral and exciting sources of inspiration for designers and design lovers alike.