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Astrid Sampe

Astrid Sampe (1909-2002) was an artist renowned for her vibrant, contemporary textile and rug design. In the 1970s, Sampe was the first Swedish artist to work from computerized and data-driven patterns. Having studied at the Technical School in Stockholm and London’s Royal College of Art, Sampe went on to become head of Nordiska Kompaniet’s textile department in 1937. She showed acclaimed exhibits at the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne in Paris in 1937 and at the 1939 World's Fair in New York. Upon her retirement from Nordiska in 1971, Sampe set up her own Stockholm studio. Through the years, she created world-famous pieces such as the Perssons’ spice rack and rugs for Kasthall; she also designed for Knoll International in New York. Some of her patterns are still being manufactured today. Two distinguishing characteristics set Astrid Sampe textiles apart: bold colors and dramatic patterns. This is exemplified in the Velvet Piazza worsted wool rug, a piece that has a diamond pattern in strikingly contrasting hues. Another Astrid Sampe design, the Kasthall Maskros Rug, features bold dandelions in attention-grabbing shades of blue. Attention to texture is an additional hallmark of this designer's work. The Lucy Rug is handwoven from chenille for an ultra-plush feel and infused with strands of Lurex for a touch of shimmer. Astrid Sampe textiles are an excellent addition to any room with a modern or Nordic style.