Our Story

A design firm named after the founder's mother and grandmother; Hester, who had exceptional taste in classic contemporary décor with subtle Parisian elegance. Her favorite past time was visiting auction house’s, vintage shops and mixing high style design with heirlooms. As a jewelry designer, known for her hand-crafted fine jewelry and hand-selected, semi-precious stones and metals; she infused her favorite colors, lavender, and French Bleu, and in honor of her, we chose the name Hestée Bleu.
Cultivated by my mother's beautiful rose gardens, appreciation for the classics, and unique antiques, inherently my love for these came naturally. From this exposure, came a fondness for neoclassical façade and symmetrical architecture. As someone who delights in arrangements of jewel hues and toils over creating modern sophistication and organic palettes, I believe, finding the right balance elevates everyone's mood. Perhaps that’s why I gravitate to using a mix of eras, jewel box-inspired environments, evident in my favorite things. 
 
​Founded as an architectural engineering studio in 2004. The firm was relaunched to intersect architecture + décor. Hestée Bleu, reflects on the beauty found in the classics and brings a fresh take on parallelism and incorporating heirlooms for modern living. Collectively, we embrace architecture + décor by architectural research + case study observations + sourcing unique antiques + modern bespoke classics.
  
Significant Contributor:
Daree Shannon, Content Manager; she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing and specialized in Screenwriting. Her extensive portfolio of published articles is utilized by different media platforms. Dee uses history and film analysis of classical and contemporary screenwriting for social media and storytelling medium techniques. She finds her creative enjoyment from script to screen, film production and costume design.
 
Key Collaborators:
Dr. Hubert Massey, Master Artist & Award-winning Kresge Fine Arts Fellow and founder of Hubert Massey Murals. Dr. Massey holds an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts; studied at the University of London’s Slade Institute of Fine Arts and later learned the centuries-old fresco technique from former assistants of legendary artist Diego Rivera. His public works are displayed throughout various cities, communities and neighborhoods, and cross Detroit metropolitan regions: Mexicantown, Greektown, the Cultural Center, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Athletic Club and Cobo Center.
 
Anjali Purohit, founder of Studio Variously pursued her design education from prestigious schools; National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi, India and Nuova Academia Di Belle Arti (NABA) Italy. With 15+ years of experience in design studios, fashion brands, and exhibitions throughout India, EU, USA; additional shows in Messe Frankfurt & Milan Fashion Week. Anjali featured a documentary, called A Confluence attributing to artisans, at Fashion Film Festival Milan and LA Fashion Film Festival. In 2019, she was chosen as the Artist in Residence for Eileen Fisher Apparel (Sustainability in Woven). Anjali, an Adjunct Professor at Wayne State University; a member + mentor at Female Design Council NY. Studio Variously, a recipient of International Design Gold and Bronze Awards (IDA 2020/ 2021) in Interiors and Textiles, Gray Design Award Winner 2021 in Fashion Accessories.