Creative Mind: De La Vega Designs
Helmed by Maggie and Mark de la Vega, the Brooklyn studio uses everything from eggshell to aluminum to create sculptural pieces like their now-ubiquitous Giac chair
Inside a cavernous 1860s Brooklyn loft, complete with an original fireplace, exposed stonework, and views of the Statue of Liberty, the artisans at De La Vega Designs create exquisite desks and mirror frames, their surfaces covered in a mosaic of lacquered eggshells, and graceful dining chairs with gently swooping arms of cast aluminum. Their exceptional pieces, which also include tufted leather chairs, acrylic tables, and églomisé mirrors, have enlivened interiors conceived by Michael S. Smith, Nicole Hollis, and Laura Gonzalez, to name a few.
Led by designer Mark de la Vega, who worked under William Sofield before launching the firm in 2009, and his partner and wife, Maggie, the studio has excelled by mastering a handful of superbly executed forms and concentrating on specific challenging materials. “I was doing shagreen and parchment and lacquer,” Mark says of their early offerings. “Trying not to be everything to everybody allowed us to focus on perfecting eggshell; I felt like it was a medium that I could kind of own.”
Up next: The firm recently debuted L’Elephante chair, a whimsical take on the classic wingback, while Mark is working on a limited series of eggshell-framed mirrors inspired by the work of Swiss-French Art Deco master Jean Dunand.
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2023 Spring Issue under the headline “Creative Minds.” Subscribe to the magazine.