Charleston Style and Design

FALL 2014

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356 CHARLESTON STYLE & DESIGN | FALL 14 gleaming metals. Ro Sham Beaux's historic Charleston location has taken a sharp turn from its or- igins as the home of Exchange Banking and Trust Company, circa 1891. Yancy and Rogers compare the building (which had "dark, cavernous, old carpet") to a dungeon. They ripped out the dropped ceiling and sprayed everything white, includ- ing the rafters, ductwork, walls and wood foors. Left original, however, were the massive steel doors guarding the bank's safe room. Now it's a design center for customers who opt to design the beaded portions of their own fxtures—a concept unique in Charleston. In place of safe deposit boxes, rows of glass jars line the walls, holding thousands of beads in various colors and sizes. Guided by one of three professional designers, a customer can select and string her own prototype strand, which the company will replicate to create the fxture. Ro Sham Beaux also customizes lamp- shades in a variety of fabrics and fnishes, from burlap to linen to black or metallic papers. "And we do tons of shades in the customers' own material," adds Yancy. "As a Charleston-owned and -based company, we can customize everything," she notes. Though Rogers' furniture designs are manufactured overseas, "90 percent of the lighting is assembled here, in a 10,000-square-foot facility on Leeds Avenue in North Charleston." For Yancy, working in entrepreneurial fashion with her husband follows a pattern set by her creative father, a sculptor, and her business-minded mother. After graduating from Portland School of Art, she worked as a jewelry designer in New York City. Her frst major venture into lighting design, Y Lighting, was geared to both home and commercial markets. Yancy met Rogers, a residential contrac- tor, after moving to Charleston and estab- lishing a studio on upper King Street. "We lived like bohemians for a while—in LA for a year, in New Orleans for a year (where Rogers built luxury homes) but Charleston felt like home," she says. In 2009, after the home building industry collapsed, Rogers told Yancy her time had come. "I developed the Ro Sham Beaux line in our basement on Sullivans Island," she says. Since then, the company, with showrooms in Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas and High Point, North Carolina, has been featured in numerous high-end architectural and decorating magazines. Yancy and Rogers are extremely pleased with customers' responses to their entrée into retail sales. There's much to see in the Charleston shop: a sinuous sofa in soft cot- ton velvet, artfully detailed; a carved console table that proved a hit at a recent trade Margaret Locklair is a Lowcountry writer and editor. show; iron tables and chairs, fnished in gold-leaf or pewter, that can live indoors or out. Illuminating it all are the pendants and sconces and table lamps that frst dazzled customers and made a name for Ro Sham Beaux. 2 Ro Sham Beaux 39 Broad St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-789-3478 F O R M O R E I N F O R M A T I O N

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