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 and Ben founded Basic Projects when they moved from NYC to Charleston in 2013. Kate heads up the design team, who work in both commercial and residential design. She has designed multiple restaurants, boutique hotels, and residential properties all over the States and the UK. Basic Projects’ offices are based in Charletson, SC and together the team work closely to make spaces that are not only beautiful but functional and comfortable too. Kate's happy place is walking through the great Rocky Mountains with Ben, their son Oscar and their sheepdog, Daisy.
Born in England, Ben co-founded Silkstone Hospitality Group in 2008, and created four renowned New York City eateries, The Fat Radish, Ruschmeyers, The Leadbelly and The East Pole. He co-authored “The Fat Radish Food Diary,” which was published by Rizzoli. His food career started by working in the kitchens of Raymond Blanc’s famous two Michelin star Le Manoir aux Quat’Sai- sons in Oxford and Rick Stein’s restaurants in Cornwall, UK. Ben was voted Forbes 30 under 30 in 2014, and that year wrote a food focused travel column for The New York Times documenting his cross-country bike ride, called “A Ride In The Country.” Ben moved from NYC to Charleston in 2013 to work as the brand director for Dewberry Hotels before creating his own design development company with his wife Kate called Basic Projects. Since that time, Basic Projects has designed both residential and commercial projects and they are currently building an apartment hotel with a restaurant open in the spring of 2018 as well as open a new restaurant concept, Basic Kitchen, just opened November 2017. He is an active and passionate advocate of sustainable food systems and how they affect us. Ben’s heroes are Yvon Chouinard, Jamie Oliver and Bob Dylan.
Born in a hurricane and raised in Miami, Eva developed a strong willed sense for management through her education at the University of Florida. Studying Business and Food & Resource Economics, Eva fell into the local food movement, working on a small biodynamic farm while helping host farm to table dinners and community oriented events. With a love for sustainable design and hospitality, Eva found her way to Basic Projects, joining the team as project manager and resident go-getter. Having helped open and develop Basic Kitchen, Eva earned the title Ginger Ninja, and hasn’t turned back.
Born and raised in Savannah GA, Jeremy began his career in development working for the second largest private builder/developer in South Carolina all the way through one of the largest acquisitions in the region. He then went on to start and later sell his own development company. In the mean time he built and sold a portfolio of apartment buildings in downtown Savannah. Currently in the portfolio are several boutique apartment hotels as well as an infill mixed-use apartment community also in downtown Savannah. Along with Basic Projects, he recently finished the Windrose Hotel and the Fat Radish. The team is currently developing several boutique hotels and restaurants, including the Old Village Post House Inn. He has served on the board of directors for Charleston Habitat for Humanity and the Charleston chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Jeremy graduated from the honors program at the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in International Business and a minor in Management.