Curate Design Group
Add a dash of elegance, a pinch of quirkiness and a smidge of whimsy, and you have the ingredients for local designer Garrett Cheyne’s vision for a studio that does not shy away from unorthodox approaches.
When this local designer set out to open his own studio two-and-a-half years ago, he had one overarching mission in mind: to create an experience and level of service that cannot be found elsewhere in the area.
“We absolutely are not your run-of-the-mill design studio,” says Cheyne, who operates Curate Design Group out of 101 Park Place, a historic brick building in downtown Delavan. “We have a lot of one-of-a-kind pieces.”
Since opening the doors to Curate Design Group, a full-service studio and showroom that offers interior design and procurement services, in the fall of 2018, Cheyne has become known for providing his expertise alongside his three employees, each of whom possess varied interior design skills and cutting-edge rendering experience. Indeed, the studio has managed to carve out a unique nich in the luxury space.
“You’re getting an entire team here,” Cheyne says of the different tailor-made talents everyone brings to the table.
Cheyne himself has two decades of experience in interior design, including a stint at Paper Dolls Home Furnishings in Lake Geneva, and various projects transforming hotels, restaurants, and homes. Though the Curate Design Group’s specialty has primarily been in the hospitality space, Cheyne and his team also provide their services in other arenas, including residences.
No matter the project, Cheyne’s goal is always the same: to create a distinctively unique aesthetic that results in an original design concept. Thematically, Cheyne and his team have a knack for sourcing and incorporating antique pieces into their projects whenever possible. Another hallmark is their use of bold, eye-catching works.
A statement on Curate Design Group’s website sums up this philosophy: “We’re purveyors of the unusual, with an eye for design shared by no one else.”
Recent projects have included classic-yet-modern revamps at two projects in Beloit: the combined Hotel Goodwin and Velvet Buffalo Café development, and the Ironworks Hotel. Curate Design Group also is behind the recent installation of new accent pieces at the historic Delafield Hotel in Waukesha County.
Cheyne and his team have a number of projects currently in progress, including two separate local venues in Lake Geneva: the Belfry House and the Inns of Geneva National. Also in the pipeline is a project in Indianapolis related to the historic Bottleworks Hotel.
“We will go anywhere in the country,” he mentions of the relationships Cheyne and his team have forged through Curate Design Group in recent years. “We travel quite a bit.”
Locally and nationally, Cheyne says the team has gained recognition for their commitment to quality and excellence. But he says he has grander visions on the horizon for Curate Design Group.
“Ultimately, we’d like to rival some of the biggest hospitality groups in the country,” he says. “We’re working on it.”
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Written by Dave Fidlin
Photos by Ideal Impressions Photography