Who We Are

Workstead is a design studio that focuses on building, interiors, and products.  We create spaces and objects that reinforce a sense of place in an increasingly chaotic world, through a holistic approach to design.  Our work both functional and iconic, celebrating our interest in utility, form, and material strength.  The studio’s projects include the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, the Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, the Dewberry in Charleston, and numerous public and private residential projects.  Our products can be found in shops, restaurants, hotels, and residences all over the world.

 

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE

Interior Design
Concept and Schematic Building Design
Custom Lighting Design
Custom Cabinetry Design
Custom Furniture Design
Furniture Procurement
Lighting Consulting
Styling

 

Team

Robert Highsmith Robert Highsmith

Robert Highsmith

Principal B.A. Furman University, M.Arch RISD

Born in Wilson, North Carolina, Robert Andrew Highsmith has always had an interest in sound, materials, and architecture. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Furman University in South Carolina. After fifteen years of formal training in music, his interests led him to architecture, a trade practiced in his family for 4 generations. He received his Masters in Architecture, with Honors, from Rhode Island School of Design. Before creating WORKSTEAD, he spent time working for Richard Berliner in Los Angeles, Stempel Form in Utah, and Skinner Lamm and Highsmith in North Carolina.

Stefanie Brechbuehler Stefanie Brechbuehler

Stefanie Brechbuehler

Principal B.I.A. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, M.Arch RISD

Stefanie Brechbuehler is a designer. Born in Switzerland, she has lived in places as far flung as the desert Southwest to Venezuela. She received a Bachelors of Interior Architecture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Masters in Architecture, with Honors, from Rhode Island School of Design. She also studied at the School of Art and Design in Zurich. Before creating WORKSTEAD, she worked with Gensler, Roman and Williams, Stempel Form, Gluckman Mayner, and Michael Graves.

Ryan Mahoney Ryan Mahoney

Ryan Mahoney

Principal B.F.A. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, M.Arch RISD

With a background in sculpture, set design, and architecture, Ryan Mahoney joined WORKSTEAD in 2010. He received his undergraduate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and worked for Redmoon Theatre in Chicago where he designed and built sets. He went on to the Rhode Island School of Design to receive his Masters in Architecture, graduating in the same class as Stefanie Brechbuehler. He worked for a small New England architecture firm for several years before joining WORKSTEAD.

Nadine Lynch Nadine Lynch

Nadine Lynch

Senior Designer B.F.A. Interior Design, New York School of Interior Design
John Whitaker John Whitaker

John Whitaker

Project Manager B.F.A. Interior Architecture and Design, Academy of Art University San Francisco

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