Stavro had asked me to get Joost Grootens' view of her work. I contact him and he responds with eloquence: “I am a fan. I see someone at work who is a virtuoso designer. Where I am much more of a worker, creating complex systems in my work, Astrid seems to lightly touch the object she designs. Every touch is perfect… I am amazed by the scope of her designs. I mean, it is not based on a single trick. It has a sensitivity for colour, for typography, composition and for materiality. For me, she personifies sensitivity in graphic design. I also like that she moved from being an individual designer to running a larger studio, it allows her to expand her portfolio and do something different”.
The Atlas portfolio expands at an increasing rate, and, back in Soho, Martin and Stavro slip into the fluidity of a life-long double act. We talk further of writing and Stavro confesses a hankering towards writing a novel. “She’s been saying this for years, of course she can do what ever she wants,” says Martin. “How about the Book of Tweets?” says Stavro, adding, “I’d rather talk about passion and great love stories than graphic design.” “It’s just graphic design,” agrees Martin. “Yes, it's just graphic design,” says Stavro.“That’s something that we both agree on.” Without missing a beat Martin shakes his head and laughs, “Ahhh, but sometimes we don’t…”.