We make fantastic illuminated installations to transform the atmosphere of your wedding and make it a night to remember for your guests. Custom projects tickle our fancy most (Come say Hi!, and let us help you reinvent your venue). We also offer a whole range of customizable centerpieces and decor on our website, and we ship all over the world.
Each Aster + Quail piece is handcrafted by the two of us in our tiny New York City studio. Perhaps you have already looked at our portfolio and noticed: We Love Paper. In fact, many of our existing designs are made with upcycled papers such as vintage sheet music, old maps, and flower bulb catalogues. We don't like to see items like this go to waste when they can be transformed into the most dynamic and tantalizing light fixtures and sculptures.
Like many small businesses our studio functions as a design lab, manufacturing plant and shipping facility. Some days you'll find us scouring bookstores for old books and vintage maps, or marveling at flora in the New York Botanical Garden. Other days you'll find us assembling paper flowers in the studio or designing new products together. At some point in the day we always break for a pot of tea, and for a snuggle with Basel, our security dog and product tester.
We hope our designs will inspire and surprise our clients. We strive for elegance, romance, and a balance of dramatic flair and architectural resonance in our designs. With Allison's background in architecture, and Elizabeth's in theatrical costume design, we see our aesthetic as a result of this combined experience. Allison is obsessed with textures and shadows (she used to be an architect). She is a wiz at using InDesign to mock up custom designs, and she's never met a craft project she didn't like. Elizabeth is a theatrical costume designer, so she approaches our work like it's a theatre production: we are visual storytellers! She gets a lot of inspiration from the natural world, and loves magical dinner parties and wild floral arrangements.
Enjoy! Allison + Elizabeth