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Tradesman Brewing Company

Tucked behind Claire’s Exxon on James Island you’ll find Charleston’s newest nano brewery: Tradesman Brewing Company

After signing the lease for their new venture, owners and child hood friends asked for assistance with the development of their tasting room feel.  With the “Tradesman” name in tact, images of mom and pop taprooms that catered to the local trades in the 1930s and 40s were conjured up.

1930s Hotel Bar

The challenge was on: create a cozy, pub like feel in a former office space on a diminutive budget.

Tradesman Brewing before photo

Beginning with paint, the most economical of trans-formative tools, we developed a dramatic color scheme.  Using the Sherwin Williams Arts and Crafts historic palette a rich, gold was chosen for the overall color with red and blue accent walls.

Sherwin Williams Arts and Crafts palette

The two room space was planned to accommodate the bar area along with some comfortable seating for patrons to enjoy a libation.

Tradesman Brewing floor plan

One of the quirky focal points of the lounge area is the nail bin that came from a grandmother’s mercantile store in Mt. Pleasant.   It now holds merchandise that sport the Tradesman Brewing Co. logo.

Tradesman Brewing James Island

The metal lights, that were repurposed from the brewery warehouse, replaced commercial style fluorescent fixtures.

Tradesman Brewing tasting room

Old tools are displayed throughout in keeping with the working man’s theme.

Old tools Tradesman Brewing

Mr. H says: Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder-Enjoy!

Design School: Arts & Crafts

No.  It’s not like those activities you did at summer camp way back when.  Rather, the Arts & Craft movement (1860-1910) in design was a rebellion to the mass-produced, machine-made products that were so prevalent in the Victorian Era.  One of the  movements biggest proponent was art critic and theorist John Ruskin, who believed, that industrialization created a dehumanizing effect between the designer and manufacture.

Another leader in the Arts and Crafts movement, designer William Morris, sought to unite all the arts with in the home basing his designs on medieval, natural and folk motifs by means of traditional craftsmanship.  His company created wallpaper, textiles, furniture and stained glass to be used in the home.

William Morris Golden Lily Minor wallpaper

William Morris Apple wallpaper William Morris Pimpernel wallpaper

Furniture maker Gustav Stickley constructed his pieces with integrity and pride marking his items with the Flemish phrase: Als Ik Kan – “to the best of my ability”

Syracuse Arts and Crafts Exhibition dining room

Interior colors were developed around the true color and texture of natural materials.  Interior color schemes were harmonious with little contrast.  Hunter green was originally created by Dard Hunter, an important Arts and Crafts designer.

Sherwin Williams Arts and Crafts colors

Craftsman, Mission, and Prairie Styles all morphed from the Arts & Crafts Movement with the likes of architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Greene & Greene, and Julia Morgan on the leading edge.Frank Lloyd Wright Frederick C. Robie House

A precursor to modernism and contemporary design, elements of the Arts and Crafts movement is seen in many of today’s interiors.

A modern Arts & Crafts kitchen

Mr. H says: Have nothing in your home that is not either useful or beautiful-Enjoy!