Designer Series: Biggs Powell

Since moving to Charleston I have had the best time exploring the design scene here and getting to know the city. There are so many inspiring designers and shops - the hype is real y'all.

One such designer I have stumbled upon is Biggs Powell. He went to school in Mississippi and Atlanta and opened his first shop in midtown Memphis in 2002 in a restored Victorian clapboard. Sigh.


Powell has been featured in House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, Veranda, Elle name it. He was also featured as a Tastemaker with One Kings Lane twice in 2011, and it makes me sad that I missed out on those discounts. His website quotes, "His philosophy is simple: "attention to detail, a firm grasp of color, proportion, and balance, and most importantly function and comfort. What is appropriate for the client and the space comes first. The approach and style of a project will naturally develop as a result." I love that he says what is appropriate for the client and space comes first. It is so important to consider the voice of the space in which you are designing.

The Biggs Powell Interiors and Antiques Charleston location on Lower King opened more recently and is what caught my attention. Take a look for yourself...


Who wouldn't want to immediately enter this place? I practically sprinted toward the doors. One of my favorite moments in Charleston was this summer during a particularly hot week when I tried to go by the shop, but it was closed. I swung by again around the same time when I was in the area the following week and mentioned that I had come by the previous week. The woman working there responded in a thick Southern drawl "oh, we aren't open if it's too hot dear."

I can get on board with that.

The burlwood...the marble obelisks...the cement sphere lamps and black shades...yep

Black mat gallery wall...obelisk lamps and red shades...stacks of fabric books...yep

This is my favorite shot of the store. The black wall has black lattice-back chairs hanging on it y'all. Plaster relief art, no fewer than three sunbursts, green velvet, what looks to be an Italian midcentury chair, and pleated silk lampshades. Let's not forget the abstract art. I could go on.....

I also really appreciate the fact that he has two shoulder mounts hanging in a Lower King design shop. Tugs at my Texas roots and makes me feel affirmed. In sum, do not miss this space if you are in the area!! The Weekender also did a great post on their recent trip to Charleston...they plan a complete weekend trip down to some fun details. Check it out!



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