Charlap Hyman & Herrero began in 2014 as the chance collaboration of two friends from the Rhode Island School of Design who found themselves working on the same project: a house for which Charlap Hyman was commissioned as interior designer and Herrero was project architect with the firm SO–IL. The idea for the firm grew out of the spirit of storytelling—designing a space, from macro to micro, that interacts with history through reference in order to craft a narrative.
The varied nature of the principals’ skill sets has allowed them to pursue projects of different scopes and typologies, from set designs to stores to houses. Charlap Hyman & Herrero’s approach, however, is uniform. With gesamtkunstwerk at the core of their objective, they aim to create spaces that become worlds unto themselves. In every project, Charlap Hyman & Herrero endeavors to consider divergent art forms and the experience of multiple senses.