Julia

Julia is a design practice founded in late 2008 by Valerio Di Lucente (Italy), Erwan Lhuissier (France) and Hugo Timm (Brazil). Since May 2018 the studio is run by Valerio Di Lucente and Erwan Lhuissier in between London, Paris and Rome.

Bringing together graphic and spatial design, the studio collaborates with clients from the cultural and commercial sector on a broad range of projects, including typefaces, books, magazines, exhibitions, posters, websites and identities. The studio favours a close collaboration with commissioners, taking part in processes at an early stage before any design is involved.

In 2016 Julia was the recipient of the British Council’s Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship, its research focusing on Bo Bardi’s editorial work and culminating in Habitats, published by Humboldt Books in 2018. Currently the studio acts as art directors of Publics, a curatorial agency in Helsinki, and has recently completed the signage for Videogames as well as the catalogue for The Future Starts Here, two exhibitions at the V&A in London.

Other key projects include the art direction of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London (2012–2017), the art direction and design of Elephant magazine (2011-2014), books for publishers such as Sternberg Press and MIT Press, typefaces for Wallpaper magazine, and exhibitions for the Cratfs Council and Somerset House.

Parallel to this, the studio has taught in universities in the UK and abroad, including the Royal College of Art and IUAV in Venice. Its work has been featured in international publications and exhibitions.

Selected Clients

  • Abraaj
  • Architecture Foundation
  • Arika
  • Artangel
  • Atlantic Press
  • British Council
  • CCS Bard
  • Companhia das Letras
  • Conde Nast
  • Crafts Council
  • Design Museum
  • Ditto Press
  • Dzek
  • Florence Trust
  • Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
  • Forma Arts
  • Frame Publishers
  • ICA, London
  • Hatje Cantz
  • Hayward Gallery
  • Home, Manchester
  • Humboldt Books
  • Korean Culture Centre
  • Manchester International Festival
  • National Maritime Museum
  • Nexus
  • Open Editions
  • Publics
  • Read Only Memory
  • Richard Sapper
  • Royal College of Art
  • Somerset House
  • Sternberg Press
  • Visual Editions
  • V&A
  • Wallpaper magazine
  • Whitechapel Gallery

Teaching / Talks

  • CalArts (Los Angeles, US)
  • Darmstadt Faculty of Design (Germany)
  • Design Museum (UK)
  • Design Yatra (Mumbai, India)
  • ESAD-GV (Valence, France)
  • Fachhochschule Düsseldorf (Germany)
  • Harpa (Reykjavík, Iceland)
  • ISIA (Urbino, Italy)
  • IUAV (Venice, Italy)
  • Kingston University (UK)
  • La Cambre (Brussels, Belgium)
  • London College of Communication (UK)
  • Mocak (Krakow, Poland)
  • Parco (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Parsons (New York, US)
  • Iceland Academy of the Arts (Reykjavík, Iceland)
  • Royal College of Art (London, UK)
  • UWE Bristol (UK)

Exhibitions

  • Babel on Demand at Poster & Graphic Design Festival (Chaumont, France)
  • Graphic Design Worlds at La Triennale di Milano (Milan, Italy)
  • ICAO Spelling Alphabet at Rocket Gallery (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Words of the Future at Pitti Immagine Uomo (Florence, Italy)
  • Roger That! at Kemistry Gallery (London, UK)
  • UK? OK!! at Parco Factory (Tokyo, Japan)