I have this thing with a monochromatic look — I can’t get enough of a space that blends virtually the same shade throughout the entire room. To me, it is a look that feels straight out of a classic English film set… conjuring images of bookshelves that blend into the walls and trim and crown molding. So when images of The Daily, a neighborhood coffee shop and marketplace in Charleston, SC, came across my desk, I jumped at the chance to write about it. I love its seamless aesthetic of shades of mint used throughout with pops of unexpected dark tones, from the navy chairs to the mustard-dipped color-blocked chairs.
Knowing his modern bodega and coffee spot would be tucked inside the Gibbes Museum of Art, Michael Shemtov, owner of Butcher & Bee, sought to have the space’s look be apt for its fine art influences from the museum. He reached out to the team at Sisal Creative, of whom he’s been a longtime client, to design the space.
“He was looking for a concept that would work seamlessly with his brand, feel cohesive within the historical Gibbes building, stay within budget, and make sense with the location inside of a fine art museum,” shares co-founder of the Sisal Creative team, Becca Barnet. Sisal Creative is known for making curious and detail-oriented art installations for public and private spaces. They use their sense of wonder, respect for the natural world, and aptitude for problem-solving to design and create unexpected artwork and unique interiors. From illustrations and murals to museum design and exhibit fabrication, Becca and Kaleigh Hastings aim to bring distinct perspectives to every project they work on.
Located in a city rich in architectural history, preservation and speaking to the spirit and age of the city was important to the design team. “Charleston’s historic buildings have gone through many iterations, and the Gibbes Museum of Art is no stranger to renovation. When designing The Daily by Butcher & Bee at the Gibbes, our notion was to actualize a playful yet comforting space based on monochromatic, modern and minimal characteristics. A structure such as the renovated Gibbes accentuates the tension between what is and what was, so we wanted to further that juxtaposition by honoring traditional architecture and introducing very modern elements. These include the ceiling-height handmade channel-tufted banquette wall, the brass light fixture, and the manipulated vintage oil paintings that hang on the walls, which are our playful twist on the fine art found upstairs,” Becca explains. The entire space reads like an installation — the kind of work that Sisal Creative is known for. “We believe that interiors can be artworks within themselves,” Becca shares. “We love the idea of creating a place that feels like an immersive experience.”
To help you get started on creating your own monochromatic look, Becca offers this advice, “Start with a color palette, or one or two objects that inspire you. All the other choices should either challenge, celebrate, or sing in harmony with your original inspiration!” Follow along below for a closer look. —Erin
Photography by Elizabeth Ervin Rollins
Image above: The first look visitors glimpse of The Daily when they enter the Gibbes Museum.