We The Italians | Italian design: Giorgia Brugnoli

Italian design: Giorgia Brugnoli

Italian design: Giorgia Brugnoli

  • WTI Magazine #126 Apr 18, 2020
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During my time in New York City I had the pleasure to meet a talented Italian creative, Giorgia Brugnoli – or, as her friends call her, Giorgia B. Born in Rome but currently based in Brooklyn, she’s a multidisciplinary artist specializing in illustration, art direction and design. 

Being born and raised in Italy, Giorgia was lucky enough to be exposed to art on a daily basis. She inevitably became passionate about drawing at a very young age – as far as she can remember, she’s always been the kid who liked to draw. 

Her parents always encouraged her to pursue artsy activities since she was little: she attended a Montessori school, where children can really cultivate creativity and are able to play with multiple mediums. Out of all the activities she explored, drawing was definitely the one that she clicked with the most: she discovered early on how it defined her, and later on how it saved her.

Drawing is what kept Giorgia afloat in many challenging times, mostly since moving to New York City almost 10 years ago: instead of just sit and wait to live through something painful, Giorgia will dive into drawing. Therefore her work, the colors she uses and the shapes, always speak to specific emotions or events that are happening in her life–often somehow nostalgically inspired by growing up in Italy.

You know how certain people share everything about their lives on social media?  Giorgia almost does the same, but with her illustrations.

Is she homesick being back to NY from her yearly summer trip to Rome? She’ll draw about it.

Has she been thinking about that one greek tragedy she read and loved in high school – she’ll draw about that too. Her trips, her apartment view, the way this whole new segregated reality due to Covid-19 is making her feel… it all ends on paper. And the color palettes are truly what speak the most to her emotions: mostly inspired by the colorful 90s Benetton (which she would always wear as kid, of course).

You can tell if she’s going through a dark time by the amount of black she uses.

Despite the threat of death and despair that have been haunting humanity lately, there hasn’t been a lot of black in her latest work. This means only one thing: there is still beauty in this ugly world.