For over 20 years, interior designer Charmaine Werth has dedicated her career to designing visionary spaces exuding function, elegance and innovation. A professionaly-accredited interior designer, her true skill lies in a unique ability to meet the needs of her clients, while respecting and understanding the visions of the architect, engineer, and the accountant. Currently based in Antigua, she has a comprehensive and diverse portfolio having managed design projects for hotels, restaurants, ambassadors, heads of state, minsters of government, banks, medical providers, private residences and retail outlets.
Born in the island of Grenada and raised in Antigua, Werth studied interior design at the distinguished International Fine Arts College (now the Miami International University of Art & Design). As an aspiring interior design student, she interned with the inimitable Tessi Garcia, an indelible experience that paved the road for a successful career ahead. While living in the United States, Werth held posts as senior interior designer at major U.S. retail outlets including Bed, Bath and Beyond and Ethan Allen.
Nostalgic for her life in the Caribbean where interior design services had not fully evolved, Charmaine recognized an opportunity to fill a much-needed niche for design consultation in the region. She returned in 1997 to launch the first ever interior design department at the internationally renowned architectural firm, OBM Architects. At OBM, she was tasked with overseeing an expansive portfolio of commercial, residential and hospitality design projects. Her bold and expressive style was quickly respected within the firm, allowing her to design projects in Antigua, Anguilla, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Miami, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Tortola, and Turks and Caicos.
In 2004, Charmaine and her architectural designer husband Kerry launched d-studio, a venture that allowed her the flexibility to pursue her own highly individualistic approach to interior design. At d-studio, the husband and wife team work in tandem to draw upon the region's uniqueness and diversity to offer an inspiring contemporary reinterpretation of Caribbean design. Although, she enjoys contemporary, and her modernist style is evident in much of her work, her true love leans towards warm uplifting undertones characteristic of the Caribbean. Island Life Magazine aptly describes her work as “relaxed elegance with bold shots of color and texture, and expressive lighting with attention to art.”
Her daughters have inherited artistic genes as well: her eldest Kierstyn is an actor in Los Angeles, and the youngest, Yensa, is an aspiring photographer studying at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara.
Portfolio of Projects:
Benjamin-Werth has designed a number of high-end private residences in luxury housing developments such as La Perla Nonsuch Bay and Jolly Harbour Antigua. Commercial, hospitality and government projects of note include Sugar Ridge Hotel, Tamarind Hills, Antigua Commercial Bank, ACB Mortgage and Trust Company Limited, Offices of the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, High Court of Antigua, Ministerial Buildings – Government of Antigua, Cable and Wireless, Office of the Ambassador to Syria, Allegro Hotel Bavaro, Turks and Caicos and Pineapple Beach, Carlisle Bay Club, Curtain Bluff Hotel, Jumby Bay Resort - A Rosewood Hotel, Design Center - (Kohler and Studio Becker showroom).