we craft objects, spaces, services and strategies to fan the flames of change, big and small. everyone's welcome around our fire.
our designs spark folks to do things differently: work new evidence into old leadership practices, rekindle connections to community, co-create innovative technologies, or even play with food at a Michelin-starred restaurant!
we've built our hearth from a lifetime of artistic practice, academic research in design and technology, and real-world experience in behavior change.
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 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, Emerson Collective, Rockefeller Foundation, Harvard School of Public Health, and the Culinary Institute of America. Some of 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? Design that lights all our fires, and nurtures us to become our most curious, our most compassionate, our healthiest human selves.