Chuck Chewning has over 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 Studio Rubelli, the interior design division of The Rubelli Groupin Milan, Italy.
Chewning joined The Rubelli Group in 2008 as creative director of the iconic American lifestyle brand Donghia, Inc., a position he held for eight years in New York City. There Chewning implemented his vision for enhancing and elevating the brand’s legacy by reviving many Angelo Donghia creations while expanding its showrooms globally. He recently designed and curated the exhibition, Angelo Donghia: Design Superstar, at the New School of Interior Design which closed with much press and acclaim in December 2015.
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 new interior design division of the Rubelli Group. Here he works on prestigious large scale hospitality and residential projects around the world.
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.
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.