Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pull Up A Chair... Hester Designs Furniture

"Melting Elements" furniture by Hester van Eeghen

Just as in her amazing handbags, Hester van Eeghen's foray into furniture design reveals exuberant color, compelling shapes and delightful transformations.

The world's first look into Hester's new world is with the "Melting Elements" design. I asked Hester a few questions about her exciting new adventure into furniture.

Q. Why did you begin designing furniture?
A. I started to design furniture as another expression of my constant stream of ideas.  Combined with that I met a furniture producer who is technically capable to realize all my detailed design wishes and who invited me ‘draw’ something.

Q. Was the creative process different for you when designing the furniture compared to when you design bags?
A. No absolutely not. To design shapes starts with a concept in the mind. Whether these shapes are meant to sit on or to put something in, is actually ‘almost’ the same. The designing rules are the same: the form has to be interesting/exciting, the system must be surprising and the coloring must be pleasant, shocking or misleading.

Q. I know that leather is a muse for you, will your furniture designs be in leather or other materials?
A. To start with we shall work in wool or felt, when we are convinced to produce the objects, we must work in leather.

Q. Tell us about the inspiration for these "melting element” chairs
A. I love repetition, in music, in arts, and in....... in this case I wanted to start with a humble sitting object becoming a couch, becoming a long serpentine like sofa, just like a chain in jewelry where the repetition makes the length of the sofa an ‘endless sofa.'

Q. How many other designs do you have in the works?
There are 7 designs going to be made in the furniture factory. But you must wait a little while to see the others!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hester van Eeghen, The Book!

Hester van Eeghen makes you look fabulous with her incredible handbag and shoe it is time for your coffee table to look a little more stylish!

Originally published in 2008, "Hester van Eeghen: Bag and Show Design," has been reprinted and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as in Hester's flagship store in Amsterdam.

Inside the book you will find stunning photos of Hester's iconic handbag designs, a biography and history of Hester van Eeghen and her entrance into the world of design, and photos of her delightful shoes and boots for women and men. One of the most fascinating parts of the book is the chapter on "Preserving the Craft" which includes very special images of her Jubilee anniversary designs that were auctioned to raise money for her foundation to preserve leather crafts.  (I find myself wishing she would make "Secrets of the Sea" a regular in her collection.)  

"Secrets of the Sea" one-of-a kind anniversary bag

And of course, it just wouldn't be a Hester van Eeghen creation without a special surprise! The book includes a custom-designed pop-up by David A. Carter, beloved designer of pop-up books for all ages. David designed this whimsical pop-up page specifically for Hester and captured the elements of her shoe designs, the Monocle "eye" and the Harmonica bag. 

A Pop-up Surprise designed for Hester by David A. Carter

If you get the book, tell me which bags are your favorites! 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Color Story: Hester's Unique Designs in a Unique NYC Store

Once upon a time there was a store like no other. STORY. 

"Story is a space that has the point of view of a magazine. 
It changes every six weeks like a gallery." 
- Rachel Shechtman, Founder and Owner

The first story Rachel launched was Love Story. You can see it featured in the video below, along with wonderful commentary. And now, the second volume of Story has come to life, Color Story, and Hester van Eeghen was invited to be part of it -- a perfect fit. 

The entire store was transformed into this spectacular celebration of color!

Hester van Eeghen's radiant reds are displayed in the Serata, the Fishy Stingray Clutch, and the Amazon Clutch
Story is perfectly located on New York City's 10th Avenue, at the corner of 19th Street. The space radiates next to new galleries and across the street from the amazing park The High Line.

The Cafe Clutch by Hester van Eeghen in glorious green

Hester's Confetti bag once again, with the vibrant yellow and orange Brioche cross-body bag
The Grey section includes Hester's Confetti and the seemingly innocent Money Clip Wallet with grey exterior.
And seemingly upon a throne is Hester's stunning Klipper bag in magnificent grey.

"People want more from an experience 
now that they have less time."
- Rachel Shechtman

Two Baby Quarters and a Money Clip with their other Purple friends
See if you can find all Hester's bags in this picture. Included are: Brioche, Macaron, Serata, and the Fishy Stingray.

If you live in the New York area, or are planning a visit, you should definitely stop by Story for a chance to see Hester van Eeghen's amazing handbags, in person, on this side of the Atlantic and to experience this amazing new retail concept. 

And of course, you can shop anytime in our online boutique and get items sent to your home risk free with free shipping both ways.