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“We actually didn’t hit it off at first at the office,” says Astrid Chaskta (left) of her relationship with Victoria Cho, a coworker during her time at an NYC architecture firm. “I thought she was intimidating because she was always dressed so nicely and mostly spoke in Spanish at the office. I oddly remember this one day when she had a bag of Twizzlers on her desk, and I really wanted one but was too afraid to ask her.” The discovery of a mutual friend broke the ice, and now the two are not only buds but also collaborators: Their line Metalepsis Projects features bronze pendant necklaces as structurally elegant as the buildings they worked on back in the day and, er, the candy that once kept them apart.
“I had never imagined doing anything but architecture for the longest time! I’m so glad to be exploring something else now. Astrid and I both love making things, and we saw jewelry as another way too apply our design skills and process,” Victoria explains. The undertaking also became a good way for them to keep in touch after Victoria headed west to L.A. and the duo had to abandon its de facto office, the restaurant Diner in Williamsburg. Though living on opposites sides of the country has its obvious complications, their pen-pal output—an archive of graphic jewelry—sure beats out a stash of letters. —zoila sylvester
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