Astrid Sampe received her education 1928-1932 at the art school Konstfack in Stockholm and the Royal College of Art in London. In 1937, she came as a designer for Nordiska Kompaniet (NK ), the elegant Stockholm department store. The following year she took over the management of the newly decorated textiles department. In 1939, she designed together with Sven Markelius the Swedish pavilion at the World Exhibition in New York.
On the Helsingborg Exhibition 1955, she presented the Linnelinjen (German linen line), which would revolutionize the linen closet of the Swedish housewife. The audience was excited about the new formats and patterns of colored linens, kitchen towels and napkins. For a classic itself Kökstrivsel ( Küchengemütlichkeit ) should develop a tea towel in linen with red and black stripes. It corresponded to the slogan of the Svenska Slöjdföreningen " vackrare vardagsvara " ( prettier commodity ) and is still being manufactured by Klässbol Linneväveri.
During the 1950s, printed towels were popular, especially Astrid Persson Sampes kryddskåp ( Persson spice rack ), which was dedicated to the ceramic artist Signe Persson - Melin. Persson - Melin had brought out for Helsingborg Exhibition in 1955 a series of spice jars made from ceramic with cork stoppers.
As Nordiska Kompaniet was restructured in 1972, Astrid Sampe left after 35 years of the company. She founded her own studio in Stockholm, where she designed textiles and facilities until her death.
- Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale in 1954
- Gregor Paulsson Award 1956