the story.

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! 

"il tagliere"



Michelin-star chef Gianni D'Amato and Acetaia San Giacomo partnered with HESTIA design lab to launch "il Tagliere."

Read more about il Tagliere (anche in italiano, se vuoi...)

Twenty-five, limited edition "il Tagliere" signed by Chef D'Amato are available in the shop, if you like nice things. 

il tagliere hestia design lab


HESTIA design lab was thrilled to be part of the 21st Triennale di Milano.


A prototype of our behavior design concept, aurasano, was showcased as part of the Kitchen Tools installation, in the New Craft exhibit at Fabbrica del Vapore.




A classic boardgame gets a new, tasty twist.


Players explore four unique flavor combinations of dark chocolate and traditional balsamic vinegar.


Gioccolato debuted at MAKEAT in Milan in 2016, and was featured in Il Cucchiaio d'Argento. 

Read More about Gioccolato...

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.




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