About Us

Killian-Dawson is a classically focused interior design studio based in London and Charleston, South Carolina. Operating internationally, the team creates historically rich and layered homes using traditional techniques. Killian-Dawson also takes on small commercial spaces including private members’ clubs, restaurants and hotels.

Led by Renée Killian-Dawson, the studio is currently working on a townhouse in the historic district of Charleston, a private members club in South Carolina and a traditional thatched cottage in the British countryside. They will shortly be launching a new furniture and fabrics line, in which they are looking forward to reinventing some of their much-loved pieces alongside new designs.

What services do you provide?

Interior Design, Project Management, Bespoke Fabrics

How would you describe your style?

"Killian-Dawson brings together eclectic and architecturally-focused interiors that exude rich materiality, bespoke detailing and sensitive design choices. Personal in their design approach, Killian-Dawson creates interiors that are warm, elegant and entirely unique to their clients."

Please describe a recently completed project or tell us about the bespoke service that you offer

"The I’On Club is a fun, vibrant, family-oriented swimming and tennis club located at I’On in Mount Pleasant, a renowned New Urban community famous for its narrow pedestrian-friendly streets, independent shops, offices and restaurants, churches, community dock and lake, wildlife preserve and thoughtfully planned, well-built traditional architecture. 

Within this context, Killian-Dawson has, for nearly two years, been working closely with the owners and overall design team on developing a Masterplan, including new branding, for updating the existing facilities and fabric of the club and planning exciting new ways to utilise the fantastic grounds. This includes planning new walkways and rookery, plantings, walls and ground works; new eating and relaxing areas for members and outside guests of all ages, cabanas and several new ancillary buildings. This project is energetically and thoughtfully led by its visionary owners, Vince Graham, founder of I’On, and Chad Besenfelder, longtime Project Manager at I’On, owner of the highly-rated wine bar The Shelmore and founder of a jazz club in downtown Charleston.

Based on the principle that good quality and classic style lasts and low country hospitality always inspires, we are creating a crisp, casual palette of colours reminiscent of the sea and sand, and which encompass the spirit of fun and excellence the club embraces.  We are aiming to create a feeling of permanence and casual elegance, a backdrop for long tennis matches followed by even longer poolside drinks and lobster suppers.  We are looking to the glory days of 1920s club life where tennis was elegant and drinks were perfectly chilled; where the staff know your name and greet you with a genuine smile.  Where you can swim under clear blue skies, hearing tennis balls thwack in the distance, shower with thick fluffy towels, have a massage to ease the day’s tension, and then put your feet up in the chicest cabana, chatting with friends while the sun sets and you find the day has melted into that most magical, ephemeral thing, contentment."

Plans to completely refresh the members-only outdoor bar, now called The Lido, have been completed and further plans are in development to completely renovate the original clubhouse in association with Andrew Gould."