ISSUE 18  |  The Handywoman

Heirloom Furniture from Egg Collective in Brooklyn

May 06, 2014 3:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

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Egg Collective consists of Crystal Ellis, Stephanie Beamer, and Hillary Petrie, three friends who met in college in St. Louis and have reunited in Brooklyn.

Post-grad, the trio went their separate ways, meeting over conference calls from their respective kitchen tables in New Orleans, Rhode Island, and New York City. In 2011, they moved to Brooklyn and established Egg Collective with a mission to create hand-built American furniture that merges heirloom-quality craftsmanship with contemporary design.

Ellis, Beamer, and Petrie build each piece from start to finish out of their Brooklyn studio, sourcing additional detailing from local and small-scale manufacturers. Beyond co-assembling the furniture, each designer brings her own prowess to the collective: Petrie manages operations and marketing, Ellis, who has a fine arts training, influences the overall aesthetic, and master finisher Beamer sands, stains, and lacquers each piece to perfection.

Above: From left to right: Hillary Petrie, Stephanie Beamer, and Crystal Ellis. The three designers lean on their Julie Credenza, made in collaboration with Finnish designer Julie Tolvanen.

Above: The small Samuel Side Table is made from sheets of solid hand-waxed bronze.

Above: The Bradford Coffee Table is made from blackened solid white oak with a blackened steel frame.

Above: The Densen Dining Chair is a minimalist frame of walnut or maple wood with hide or fabric upholstery.

Above: The Morrison Sideboard has a variety of customizable options: wood in natural white oak, blackened white oak, or walnut; a travertine or blackened steel top; and blackened steel or brass hardware.

Above: The geometrical Haynes Mirror is available in two lengths, 58 inches (shown) and 38 inches, and framed in polished or satin finished brass or nickel.

Above: The Fern Console Table has hand-carved hoof-like feet and is available in two standard lengths, 96 inches and 120 inches. Available in blackened white oak (shown), natural white oak, walnut, and bleached maple.

Inspired by the flowers placed on Egg Collective’s furniture? See more images of Floral Design in our Gallery of rooms and spaces. And visit Gardenista for a series of DIY Floral Arrangements.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on July 23, 2012 as part of our Summer in the City issue.