we are an inclusive experience design studio that crafts spaces, things, services and strategies to fan the flames of change, big and small.
everyone is welcome around our fire.
we've built our hearth from a lifetime of artistic practice, academic research in design and technology, and real-world experience in behavior change. our designs spark folks to do things differently:
to rekindle connections to community
to co-create innovative technology
to work new evidence into old leadership practices
or even play with food at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
stoked by curiosity, gentleness, and play, we use design to make our fiery world a more fun, fair place. join us!
Twenty-five, limited edition "il Tagliere" signed by Chef D'Amato are available in the shop, if you like nice things.
Hi, I'm Hildreth.
Artist by nature, scientist by nurture. Born-again Texan. Now in Paris. I've been exploring design as a tool for collaborative creativity since 2004, stitching diverse voices and theory into new patterns of individual and organizational behavior, inclusive processes, and innovative products.
Shifting behaviors comes in lots of shapes and sizes, and I work across scales, sectors and industries to build more inclusive, equitable systems, by design. Most recently, this was in research at the MIT Media Lab.
I've been lucky to bring ideas to life with folks at Pentagram, IDEO, the Emerson Collective, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Culinary Institute of America. My designs have found their way into the Triennale di Milano, the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Barbican Centre. Here's my CV.
HESTIA's goal? To spark connection and belonging using the science and art of design, helping us to become our healthiest human selves.