Basic Projects is a lifestyle driven design and development company. Our focus is on finding unique properties and developing the best programs suited to them. Simple, thoughtful design, timeless concepts, creative collaborations and financial discipline are at the heart of what we do.



A Delaware native, Kate moved to NYC to receive her BA in Communication Design from Pratt Institute. Kate spent 6 years in the film industry as a set designer working on commercials, music videos and feature films – her clients ranged from HBO to Wes Anderson. Kate transitioned into commercial and residential interior design, creating office spaces for esteemed New York City Fashion brands, and residential properties in Aspen, Charleston & NYC. Kate is one-third of The Family Band, a traveling photo booth she created with her two brothers. Kate's happy place is walking through the great Rocky Mountains with Ben and their sheepdog, Daisy.


Born in England, Ben co-founded Silkstone Hospitality Group in 2008, and created renowned New York City eateries, The Fat Radish, Ruschmeyers, The Leadbelly and The East Pole. He co-authored “The Fat Radish Food Diary” published by Rizzoli. Ben was voted Forbes "30 under 30" in 2014, and recently wrote a food focused travel column for The New York Times documenting his cross country bike ride, called “A Ride In The Country”. He is an active and passionate advocate of sustainable food systems and how they effect us. Ben’s heroes are Yvon Chouinard, Jamie Oliver and Bob Dylan.


Mae grew up in Louisiana, but left to attend art school at Savannah College of Art and Design, where she started in Fine Arts and ended in Architecture. During her time in Savannah, she worked at a well established architecture firm, but upon graduation, she realized a big firm was just not for her. Thankfully Mae found Ben, Kate & Daisy.