In their NYC exhibit “Designing Women,” WashU / Sam Fox School alums Crystal Ellis, Stephanie Beamer, and Hillary Petrie answer the question: Where are the women in design?
In the midst of a full season of design-related events in New York, two separate exhibitions focus on women currently working in design.
One of the two is being mounted by the women-owned furniture company Egg Collective. Founders Crystal Ellis, Stephanie Beamer, and Hillary Petrie met in architecture school at Washington University in St. Louis, where they were part of the first class to have an equal percentage of men and women. Inspired by a female furniture design professor, they found their place in the design world soon after graduating: They were picked up by DWR where they are three of the 28 living women designers on the retailer’s roster — compared to the 100-plus men.
Their show, “Designing Women,” includes work by 18 New York-based women designers, including textile maker Hiroko Takeda, wallcoverings designer Yolande Batteau, and lighting designer Bec Brittain. Twenty percent of sales from the show will benefit Girls, INC NYC.
“We wanted to call attention to the fact that women are still a minority in this industry,” says co-founder, Ellis. “…just because an equal number of men and women graduate doesn’t mean they’ll all be able to stay in that field. We want to be able to mentor younger women as they’re coming out of school.”
“Designing Women” runs through May 26th at Egg Collective’s West Soho showroom.
Portions of this post were drawn from Hannah Martin’s article at Architectural Digest.