Aster + Quail Studio, Ltd. was born at Allison's living room coffee table in 2011. Born and bred in New York City and friends since the age of five, we have been making and creating things together for a long time.  

Our illuminated paper centerpieces are all intended to excite and engage your guests. We strive for elegance, romance, and a balance of dramatic flair and architectural resonance in our designs. Allison has a background in architecture, and Elizabeth in theatrical costume design, so we see our aesthetic as a result of this combined experience.

We love working with clients on custom designs. It is our specialty since each piece is made to order. Our client relationships are very important to us, and we will develop a color palette or unique design to suit your event.

Each Aster + Quail piece is hand crafted by the two of us in our tiny Manhattan studio, which functions as a design lab, manufacturing plant and shipping facility.  Some days you'll find us scouring bookstores for old books and 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.  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 your guests!

Enjoy!  Allison + Elizabeth


An Ancient Greek Myth of Asteria and the Quail:

Asteria was the Titan goddess of shooting stars, sister of Leto, and mother of Hekate. After the fall of the Titans, Asteria was pursued by Zeus through the starry heavens. To escape his advances, Asteria turned herself into a quail and flew into the Aegean Sea where she became the Greek island of Delos.