akt1975 on Apr 11, 2016
Amazing quality. Adds warmth and character to our littlest's nursery.
Ingrid on Apr 7, 2016
Haven't tried to light it yet, but it looks just as I imagined. So nice!
Aster + Quail Studio
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.
Owner, Maker, Designer
I began making lights in 2010 after graduating from architecture school and officially opened Zipper 8 Lighting in 2011. I love exploring unique and eco-friendly materials, always striving to give a new life to an otherwise overlooked material.
Elizabeth Van Buren
Maker, Designer, Marketing
I have a background in Broadway costume design and event planning, and especially enjoy planning Zipper 8 Lighting sales events. I am dedicated to expanding our unique offerings for clients who value hand-crafted and beautifully designed products.
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- To communicate with you about your order
- To fulfill your order
- For legal reasons (like paying taxes)
Frequently asked questions
Returns - Further Information
If your item is damaged please contact us immediately and we will arrange for you to return the item for a full refund (including all shipping costs) or receive an exchange. **Damaged items must be received back within 60 days for a full refund.**
For change of heart returns you will be responsible for both original and return shipping costs but will receive a full refund for the item. Items must be shipped back within 30 days, and we are not responsible for any damage that occurs while the item is shipped back to us.
Custom and personalized orders
We love doing customized orders. Some of our lights can be made in customized sizes, and some can have their color or paper material customized. If you are interested in something special, please send us a message with as much info as possible about what you had in mind, and we will get back to you with feasibility and pricing as soon as we can.
Cleaning Our Lights
To clean the Manhasset collection lights, use a dry cloth and wipe down from top to bottom. Don't worry about pressing down on the petals, they will bounce back into place when you are finished.
To clean the Dakota collection lights, use a can of compressed air to gently blow the dust off. You can buy a can of compressed air at any office supply store or online.
For the Beaumont collection, you probably won't find that your light is collecting much dust, but if you do need to clean it simply use a can of compressed air to gently blow the dust off. You can buy a can of compressed air at any office supply store or online.