Nathaniel King’s influence has been felt on design projects throughout the world, from Hong Kong, Manila, Singapore and New Zealand to Canada and the U.S. He has garnered awards for his work on The Regent condominiums in Chicago and The Courtyards hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii. Though traveling is still among his passions, he now lives in the Lowcountry, using his worldly experience and expertise to help his clients at Southeastern Galleries create the homes of their dreams.
King, a designer for the past 35 years who once operated his own design business, spent his early years in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. He earned his bachelor of science degree in Interior Design from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Radford University, one of just a few FIDER (Foundation for Interior Design Education Research) accredited design schools in the U.S. While working full-time for one of the top firms in the industry in Virginia, he also had the opportunity to participate in another of his favorite activities: Teaching Interior Design at Radford and at Virginia Tech as an adjunct faculty member.
He also served on a number of foundations, boards and councils to establish and enhance ethics, excellence and accountability concerning relations between designers and their clients.
He moved to the Charleston area for the first time nearly four decades ago to take an interior design position. Though his work and travels have taken him to various places around the world, he has lived in the Lowcountry for the past 17 years and has been a fixture at Southeastern Galleries for 11 years.
What does King consider to be the most important aspect of his job at Southeastern Galleries? “Listening,” King says. He points out that talking with his clients, carefully listening to what they are saying and helping them put together a plan that fits their individual needs is a vital part of his success in the design business.
“It’s hearing and evaluating a client’s needs and formulating a plan,” he points out, adding that he has a five-page list of questions.
“I interview the family, individual or couple extensively,” he says. “I ask them how they like to live, how they like to entertain, about their children, their pets and how they need the house to function for them. I like to know about their hobbies and activities, how they react to light and color and whether they prefer an open or closed plan. I try to be as thorough as possible.”
King, who worked at Southeastern Galleries briefly almost three decades ago, says he enjoys his job because, “I love manipulating and laying out space for the individual needs of families.”
“The interior design aspect is great,” he adds. “I thoroughly enjoy the initial concept finally coming together in a cohesive atmosphere that is both functional and beautiful.”
In addition to traveling, in his spare time, King plays piano, attends St. Michael’s Church and serves with Wholeness Through Christ, an international inner-healing ministry.