With industries and communities around the world feeling the magnitude of girl power, it is more than befitting that the official opening of NYCxDesign is preceded by ‘Designing Women’, an all-femme line-up of artists and designers hosted at the Soho showroom of New York design firm Egg Collective, founded by a trio of female designers themselves.
Egg Collective’s Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis and Hilary Petrie brought a wide range of pieces together to form an unequivocal demonstration and celebration the arsenal of female talent in the Big Apple. Lighting from Bec Brittain and Lindsey Adelman elegantly complements ceramics by Object and Totem, three new woven pieces by Hiroko Takeda and wallpaper by Callidus Guild, which moodily takes over a whole nook in the showroom, along with Egg Collective’s own sculptural furniture collection. Anna Karlin, Moving Mountains, Kinder Modern and Ensemble Studio are also among the 16-strong list of participating creatives who have joined up for the cause.
‘We reached out to both women we knew and women we'd never met, all of whom we respected immensely for their body of work,’ says Petrie. ‘We greatly admire and respect the women involved, and wanted to represent women working in different scales and mediums at all stages of their careers, who have a strong voice and a well-honed aesthetic.’ She adds, ‘We did not stipulate that the work should be new, but we were overwhelmed that so many decided to create new work or never seen before finishes.’
On view for the duration of NYCxDesign (3 – 24 May), pieces from the exhibition are available for purchase on site. All the pieces can be viewed at the online gallery on Egg Collective’s website to help buyers make their choices. What’s more, 20 per cent of sales benefitting Girls Inc NYC, a charity fixed on encouraging young women of all social, economic and racial backgrounds to be strong and bold.