Presented by WEDF (West of England Design Forum) – one of the founding partners of the award-winning design firm Atlas. “WEDF’s purpose is to create a place for local design industry people to meet, share ideas, be inspired and make connections.”
Astrid Stavro is one of the founding partners of independent brand and design consultancy Atlas. Enviably located in London, New York and Mallorca they have collectively and consistently won every major design accolade in the world for the past two decades.
Stavro was born in Trieste, Italy and studied graphic design at Central Saint Martins and then went onto The Royal College of Art – her joint final project was one that many of us would have in our coveted stationery collections – Grid it! Notepads made to scale and pre-printed with the grid structures of famous publications.
Prior to founding Atlas with Pablo Martin, she directed the award winning Astrid Stavro Studio for ten years in Barcelona. She has developed an international reputation for her conceptual rigour and meticulous attention to craft all applied with exquisite typographic sensibility. Her obsession with grids and structures certainly didn’t end at college and continues to thrive now. After her 2014 redesign of the UK’s foremost arts and culture publication – Elephant – she stayed on as Editor at large.
Today, triangulating design work between Atlas’ locations, her expertise and experience has produced some beautiful and wide-ranging projects encompassing the design of books, magazines, brand identities, printed matter, exhibition design, signage, way-finding systems and packaging.
Stavro’s work has been repeatedly featured and profiled in specialised and mainstream books and publications, including Wallpaper*, Eye magazine, Creative Review, Print, I.D., Domus and Grafik as well as books by Phaidon, Rizzoli, Laurence King and Thames & Hudson. She has also written for some of the top international design journals.