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Design Firms/Workstead


Brooklyn, NY

Workstead is a design studio that focuses on buildings, interiors, and products. The company was founded in 2009 by Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler. The studio creates spaces and products that reinforce a sense of place in an increasingly chaotic world, through a holistic approach to design. Our process focuses on utility, function, and material quality. We are intimately involved in the process of taking concepts to reality through key partnerships with fabricators, finding that the best projects are the result of the close collaboration between designer and maker. With a keen understanding and attention to context, we work with clients who share our sensibility to approach every project with a bespoke solution.

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How a Mid-Century Office Building Became a High-Style Hotel
The trio behind the design firm Workstead have reimagined a 1960s Charleston, South Carolina, federal building as an old-meets-new emblem of a look they call "Southern modernism."
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Work It Out
The trio behind the burgeoning Brooklyn design firm Workstead has suddenly found themselves very much in demand, thanks in no small part to their scheme for Williamsburg's hip Wythe hotel, which, like many of their projects, eschews the borough's popular Prohibition-era aesthetic for a certain casual luxury that's long on rich materials and modern forms.
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