New York 2017 – Archipanic spoke with Egg Collective founders Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis and Hillary Petrie who have come together with their top female peers to host the empowering exhibition Designing Women in West Soho. “There is such a wealth of talented women in town and we thought it was worth celebrating and giving back.” Say the designers to Archipanic.
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Designing Women supports Girl INC NYC, a charity with the goal of inspiring “all girls to be strong, smart, and bold”. Part of Egg Collective’s business ethos has always been focused on female empowerment. Since President Trump inauguration and the following wave of protests and marches, gender equality and women rights have become pressing and sensible subjects across the United States.
The exhibition features a chaise lounger in maple and mohair by Syrette Lew of Moving Mountains and Anna Karlin’s geometrical black steel table with coordinated seats. Dana Barner presents rigger’s knot pouf resembling a ball of yarn; Callidus Guild’s caviar wallpaper and room divider frame table and hanging mirrors in selenite, brass and gold leaf. Egg Collective has contributed its own pieces to the exhibition, including a large wooden coffee table, as well as sofas, dark-coloured cabinets and a set of side tables.
Designing Women showcases also Hiroko Takeda‘s wall hangings, Lindsey Adelman lightings composed of knotted glass bubbles and multicolor rugs by Kinder Modern‘s Lora Appleton. Debora Ehrlich joins the exhibition with the Hickory Heart Chair and a bespoke glassware collection. Bec Brittan created a strand-looking lighting. On show also minimal jewelry by Caroline Ventura of Brvtvs and home accessories by Natalie Herrera of High Gloss, Maria Moyer and Julianne Ahn of Object and Totem.
Archipanic: While in universities female students are over 50%, at work women are still under-represented. Which is your advice for female students approaching the business?
Egg collective: First of all, we would recommend to anyone leaving school that they find an aspect of their profession they are curious about, look for someone working in that area, and ask if you can work for and learn from them. Business is quite different from education, so real life experience is invaluable.
For female students in particular, our advice is to never listen to anyone who questions if you can do what you’ve put your mind to. Never think you are lesser. Never believe that your value is attached to your physical appearance. Women are powerful — find your voice, whatever it may be, and then “do you”.
Archipanic: How male professional and clients could support their colleagues?
Egg collective: Men can support women by standing up alongside them and demanding equality. Women’s rights are human rights.
Archipanic: How political action should act to allow both male and female professionals to open their minds?
Egg collective: This is a quite big question actually. One factor that often gets lost, is that designers and artists are economic drivers, but creative jobs generally don’t have high salaries.
Therefore, politicians need to understand the value of supporting the arts — not only for the cultural capital, but also for the economic capital it can bring an area. Supporting the arts is supporting much more than pretty images and items — it is a critical factor in supporting the life and growth of our communities, our cities, and our nation.
Egg Collective is a New York-based design company founded by Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis, and Hillary Petrie. Pulling from its founders’ backgrounds in architecture, art, and woodworking, the company creates exquisitely engineered furniture and lighting. All of Egg Collective’s work is made in its own wood shop and in collaboration with a community of small-scale fabricators.
Designing Women goes on show until May 26 at 304 Hudson Street. All photos: courtesy of Egg Collective.