Celebrate Design Week: Exhibitions, Dinners, and Parties Planned for Charleston

Explore Charleston through Design Week

A unique blend of local and national events highlighting southern design, creativity and architecture are coming together in early November to create the area’s first Charleston Design Week.

The Southern Style Now festival kicks off on Thursday, Nov. 1, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 4. The festival – previously held in Savannah and New Orleans – is a celebration of design, marked by keynote speeches and panel discussions led by industry experts, as well as a number of exhibitions, dinners, and parties.

The Festival agenda is also emphasizing experiential components. Attendees can sign up for exclusive local home and museum tours, low-country cooking demonstrations, flower arranging workshops, wine pairing workshops, and more.

“One of the most beautiful cities that we’ve ever seen, Charleston is experiencing a perceivable renaissance of style, culture, and cuisine and is on the forefront of the movement to redefine what Southern style is in 2018–and what it will be in the future,” said industry veteran and Festival Organizer Robert Leleux.

The 2018 Southern Style Now Showhouse, presented by Traditional Home, will serve as the cornerstone of the Festival. This feature captures the Southern aesthetic in a historic home beautifully-designed by A-list experts selected by Traditional Home editors in concert with Leleux.

A gala celebrating the Showhouse will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Throughout the four-day event, organizers are partnering with Design In Great Spaces (DIGS) Charleston, a local group focused on elevating and nurturing local architecture, decor, and design.

DIGS First Annual Design Awards Gala will be held on Friday, Nov. 2, at the Cigar Factory.

This summer, DIGS invited design professionals and individuals to submit projects showcasing how the simple is made extraordinary. Eleven different categories from Let There Be Light to The “Me” Room, inspired creativity and challenged applicants to share original and unique work in architecture, interiors, and landscape design.

Nationally known design-world luminaries judged the competition, including Traditional Home

Editor in Chief, Jill Waage, architect Parker Platt, interior designers Matthew Carter, Ashley Whittaker and Nick Olsen, lighting designer Christopher Spitzmiller and landscape designer Mary T. Dial.

In partnership with Traditional Home and Explore Charleston, this year’s project named “Best in Show” will receive $10,000 at the Nov. 2 gala.

“Since Charleston was settled, our region has been known as the center of Southern design and style. Now, through Charleston Design Week, we have a unique opportunity to welcome the industry’s most talented and renowned professionals, host the Traditional Home Showhouse and support DIGS in celebrating the many forms of creative talent that exist in our area,” said Helen Hill, CEO of Explore Charleston.

The DIGS Awards Gala, Southern Style Now Festival and Traditional Home Showhouse are open to the public, as well as to industry professionals. Tickets are required. Visit www.southernstylenow.com for additional Festival details as well as dates, times and parking information associated with Showhouse tours.  Gala tickets for DIGS (Nov. 2) and the Trad Home Showhouse (Nov. 3) are available at www.digscharleston.com and https://www.southernstylenow.com/showhouse

Information provided by our friends at Explore Charleston