Lucia Gioiello

Submission from New York City, Visual Designer


Born and raised in New York, Lucia is a graphic designer and photographer currently finishing up her last year in college. Her father is a 5th-generation Italian American, while her mother is a dance choreographer from Taiwan. She has a twin brother, loves cats and dogs, and has a fondness for Russian and American literature. Lucia also enjoys travel and has studied abroad in Okinawa, Paris, and Florence. Her most recent project involved creating a self-portrait photo story of her voyages in Taiwan and Tokyo for MAMAMA, a French clothing company.



Your idea of happiness? 

Near a fireplace with a big Samoyed and a good book.


Your idea of misery? 

A situation where my loved ones get hurt.


If not yourself, who would you be? 

Olafur Eliasson because I can't even begin to imagine what the world must look like to him. 


Your heroes?

Yoshitomo Nara, Saskia de Brauw, Eileen Fisher, Guy Bourdin and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.


What is your present state of mind? 



Bedside table books? 

I Don't Mind If You Forget Me by Yoshitomo Nara; All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy; The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.


What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? 

If I can't sleep I watch a movie naked under covers.


Do you collect anything? 

I collect music boxes, Yoshitomo Nara goods, retro Asian vinyl, cool white t-shirts with J-horror prints. 


What is the strangest thing you believed in as a child? 

Strangest thing I believed as a child was that if I stared long enough at red it could be brown.


Favorite color? 

Muted berry or midnight blue.


Favorite city? 



What are your plans for this weekend? 

Housewarming party, designing wrapping paper for the holidays, whiskey and good movies.


Favorite song? 

Vangelis, “The Tao of Love”. 


Right or left-handed?



What is the best dish you can cook?

Spinach ravioli in butter sage sauce.


What is your middle name?



What do you do in your free time?

Watch movies and walk. 


How do you see yourself in 5 years? 

I hope to have many personal projects and be a graphic designer or art director in a company I admire.


Tea or coffee? 



If you could live in a different era?

‘80s America. 


5 things you would bring on a deserted island?

First aid kit, blanket, friend, farming tools, good shoes.


What do you usually eat for breakfast?

Greek yogurt with blueberries or red bean bao xi.