Astrid Chastka is a prop stylist and set designer based in New York. She studied architecture and printmaking at the University of Virginia and moved to the city to pursue a career in architectural design. After several years in the industry and with a desire for independence and a faster pace, she co-founded a hand dyed textile brand (Upstate) and a line of 3D printed jewelry (Metalepsis Projects). In developing those projects, she realized that the photoshoots were always her favorite part of the design process, and this led to set design becoming her sole focus.
Astrid draws inspiration from her diverse background in jewelry design, architecture, and fine art to define a visual perspective that is bold and often unexpected, usually seeking a balance of technology and natural sensibilities. She believes that the most exciting new ideas can be generated in the gray area where multiple fields meet, and she is constantly trying to weave new connections between set design and materials or processes learned in her other fields of study (3D printing and rendering, paper-making, ceramics). When not on set, she is happiest eating cheese and playing Italian card games.
Clients include Makeup.com, M.GEMI, Bose, Pepsi, Phaidon, West Elm, Hearst Digital Media, Architectural Digest, Bon Appetit, POPSUGAR, Real Simple, Refinery29, and West Elm.