Chuck Chewning has more than thirty years’ experience in the luxury interior design, decorative arts and architectural preservation industries. Today he runs his own design business, Charles H Chewning Interiors based in Savannah, Georgia and consults to The Rubelli Group in Venice, Italy on international projects.
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’s attention to conceptual design development, documentation and management in the interior design field is coupled with his cross-cultural experience he accumulated from years of working in London, Istanbul and Milan. 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.
Today, Chewning is working on equally exciting projects in Savannah Georgia, such as the restoration of the prestigious c. 1916 Armstrong Mansion, a new private townhouse in the Savannah Historic District and a new May river estate in Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina through his own design firm Charles H Chewning Interiors.
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.) Chewning has also won awards for his work at The Prince de Galles in Paris, The Grande Bretagne in Athens (Architectural Digest, March 2004) and 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.
Before joining The Rubelli Group, Chewning founded the interior design firm CCID, Inc. where he focused on national and global luxury residential and hospitality markets. Previously, he worked as a Senior Associate at HBA, Hirsch Bedner Associates, designing in their Atlanta, London and Milan offices for more than sixteen years.
Chewning originally received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in both Historic Preservation of Architecture and in Interior Design from SCAD, The Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2008, he became the first recipient of the SCAD Distinguished Alumnus Award. An honorary scholarship was set up in Chewning’s name in 2010, inviting notable industry leaders to teach the history of 20th century interior design at SCAD. Chewning wrote a forward to the newly published book SCAD: The Architecture of a University.