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5 Panel Discussion Takeaways

In the design world, there has been a fundamental and nearly universal shift toward an appreciation of history and a sense of place. Whether it’s through a book, a photograph, a resurrected paint pigment, or the practical need to restore an ancestral estate, preservation has become more than just a process; it’s also one of the most integral and exciting sources of inspiration for designers and design lovers alike.

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On March 15th, we hosted a panel to discuss this concept of “Preservation as Inspiration” with four experts in the world of history and design: Winslow Hastie, CEO, Historic Charleston Foundation; Nick Ashley-Cooper, 12th Earl of Shaftesbury; Eve Ashcraft, Color Expert; and Steven Gambrel; Interior Designer.

Below, five lessons learned from our panelists:

1. Preservation is not just about the past; it is also firmly focused on present context and future expression.

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2. Preservation starts now – when we save things, we are starting fresh.

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3. Preservation provides multiple points of entry—books, tours, colors, experts.

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4. Preservation defines a process not a precept (not a thing that you have to do before you do great design but rather the equally innovative lens that makes great design possible).

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5. Preservation delivers inspiration. You can do great design work because of it, not despite it.

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Head over to our Preservation as Inspiration page to listen to the full panel discussion — plus a behind-the-scenes look at all of our Charleston Antiques Show events!