March 19, 2019

Workstead’s Citrus Club at The Dewberry Takes Mid-Century Modern Tropical

When The Dewberry Charleston opened in 2016, its mid-century modern perfection made the hotel, located in a former office building built in 1964, an instant classic, largely thanks to developer John Dewberry’s relentless sourcing of marble from Vermont quarries and furniture gems from Scandinavia. How to top it? With the Citrus Club, a tropical rooftop lounge on the hotel’s eighth floor.

Custom hand-waxed canvas barstools by Thomas Hayes Studio pull up to the terrazzo-wrapped bar, illuminated by Flos pendants. Photography by Andrew Cebulka.

Dewberry says the bar’s palette, a mix of fruity pinks and cherrywood, was “inspired by my travels, mainly from properties along the Côte d’Azur of France and the Amalfi Coast of Italy, brought to life in collaboration with the design team at Workstead.” The Brooklyn- and Charleston-based studio—which helped devise custom blends of terrazzo for the floors and bar and freshen up vintage chairs with cool white vinyl.

Vintage Eero Saarinen executive chairs boast new custom vinyl with melon piping. Photography by Andrew Cebulka.

It’s a serious achievement in retro chic, but Dewberry took pains to ensure a wink here and there, too. “I hand-drew a slice of citrus fruit,” he says, “and Workstead had Lite Brite, a studio out of Brooklyn, turn it into a neon sign, which is prominently positioned to be seen upon entering.” Truth be told, it’s pretty sweet.

Terrazzo flooring floats a logo in a custom melon shade within a more neutral custom mix, all by Doyle Dickerson Terrazzo. Photography by Andrew Cebulka.

Custom Workstead x Studio Dewberry banquettes, manufactured by Westwood Avenue Hospitality, are upholstered in a bright melon shade of Perennials fabric; the neon sign is by Brooklyn-based Lite Brite. Photography by Andrew Cebulka.

Mills Specialty Metals created custom stainless-steel storage to hold everything bartenders need to create their tropical libations. Photography by Andrew Cebulka.

Can’t get enough mid-century modern style? Check out Stone Designs’ new look for Teads’ Madrid office and the hotel Emiliano Rio by Studio Arthur Casas.

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