the story.

inspired in equal parts by beautifully crafted experiences, deep research in behavior change and technology, and more than a decade of expertise in food systems and health, HESTIA design lab is an adventure in polymathery. 


we believe good design is for everyone, and lets us cozy up to the hearth of human emotions. we stoke that fire with playful things that help folks (re)discover healthy experiences.




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...

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.


"il tagliere"



Michelin-star chef Gianni D'Amato and Acetaia San Giacomo partnered with HESTIA design lab to launch "il Tagliere" in 2015.

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

Hi, I'm Hildreth.


Artist by nature, scientist by nurture. I'm a design researcher at the MIT Media Lab thinking about how to make good design for - and by - everyone. I've been working in inclusivity and equity, food and wellbeing, and innovative health communications (aka technology) since 2004, and my work at MIT and with HESTIA has been exhibited at the Triennale di Milano, the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Barbican Centre. 

At HESTIA design lab, I'm focused on playing with design's impact on behaviors in health. I'm interested in creating healthy "product-service-systems" - or environments and objects that talk to eachother - that pique our curiosity, spark joy, and nudge us to act in healthier ways.

Here's a fun project I did that gives you a little more background about the double-bind we're all in when we make food and health choices (hint: we ALL do this!), and here's more about my professional work.

HESTIA's goal? Playful design, healthy experiences, happy people. Thanks for stopping by!




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