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A Look Inside Egg Collective's Design Nest
Egg Collective -- one of our 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Award winners -- is a design company established in 2011 by three female designers: Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis, and Hillary Petrie. They work with metal fabricators, stonecutters, and glassblowers to create elegant non-wood elements for items like this gold-leaf Davies mirror and stone-and-brass Oscar dining table. “We create pieces we hope will become heirlooms,” Ellis says, and Petrie agrees: “It’s gratifying to know that you’re contributing to someone else’s memories in that way.”
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Here is a grouping of handblown glass vases that the company calls Rose Vessels -- the smallest is 4 inches high; the tallest, 12 inches.
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An Inspired Workspace
Ellis, the group’s creative director, transforms sketches into architectural drawings on her computer.
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These tinted-glass Tyler table lamps have blackened bottoms of white oak.
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When inspiration strikes, even a napkin will do for a quick sketch. “We are trained as architects,” says Ellis. “Seeing things in scale and being able to work through design ideas with multiple iterations are important to how we work.”
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Bits and Pieces
These Italian pietra cardosa marble bases are ready to become part of Hawley side tables.
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The bases are topped with geometric unlacquered-brass hexagons in two different stages of patina.
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A Modern Motif
Beamer and fellow woodworker Christine Wu (after whom this product is named) created this lacquer table.
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All in a Day's Work
The woodshop, which the collective shares with other local makers, is a few floors above their design studio.
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With this blackened-steel and bronze-glass Lawson coffee table, the “materials determined the final form,” says Beamer.
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Beamer, left, spends most of her time in the woodshop, tweaking prototypes and crafting custom-made products by hand. (Here, she sands a Turner credenza in walnut with Wu.) “We love designing, but we also really love making and putting together the things we’ve designed,” says Ellis.
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Past and Future
As the company grows -- it recently added two additional employees and is opening a Manhattan showroom soon -- so does its work. For their second collection, the trio explores matte finishes, earth tones, and solid wood. The unlacquered brass-fronted Julie credenza, shown here, is the only piece still in production from their first line. “It’s beautiful, functional, and built to last,” says Petrie. “After looking at it and making it for many years, we still step back and comment on how pretty it is.”
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