Lucio Longoni

I met Lucio during his time at Heals via Kirsty Whyte, and since then he has soared up the career ladder by becoming Head Of Buying at Skandium.

If they were to make an action figure of you, what would your accessory be?
A mobile phone which transported me anywhere in the world instantly with a click of a button.

To what degree have you actually controlled the course your design life has taken?
I feel I have completely controlled the course of my design life so far. At times I have had to choose to compromise in order to learn, grow and progress, whilst also knowing when not to compromise and to stick to with my intuition. You are in control of your own destiny. The journey AND destination are equally important in getting you where you want to be.

What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
I’m always thinking ahead. In some respects this is very important and keeps me questioning how and what is next? As I've grown older I've realised it is equally important to value and appreciate the here and now as you never know what's around the corner.

What product or event inspired you to be a designer?
Growing up I traveled a lot and lived somewhat a transatlantic lifestyle. Chicago has been my second home since the age of 7. A great city of modernist architecture including some of the finest deco & mid century architecture by the likes of Mies Van Der Rohe and not to mention Illinois being the home of the great Frank Lloyd Wright. This combined with a family who's philosophy on design was good design should be available to all, were the main reasons for my chosen career path.

If you could go back in time and become the designer of any existing item, what would you choose?
Anything by Jean Prouve or Alvar Aalto, at the moment I am obsessed with the Artek tea trolly. The design is fun, practical and diverse combining mixed materials with function, solution and timeless style.