Villalba Lawson is a London-based design practice. Specialising in art direction, visual identity, digital, editorial and environmental design for both local and international clients. Founded in 2012 by Marcos Villalba and Christopher Lawson, the studio works with individuals and organisations across the fields of art, architecture, education, manufacturing, publishing, retail and technology.

Our objective is to create meaningful vehicles of information that challenge expectations. We believe that good design is about understanding what is intrinsic to a project and making it explicit. In order to solve complex problems, we remove the superfluous to reveal the essential, and thus create systems that are both rigorous and resilient.

While we maintain a small and dedicated team, we recognise that collaboration is instrumental to a successful project. When required we draw upon a range of creative specialists, specific to the needs of a given project. In doing so, we remain engaged with the conversations that shape the industry every day.

Al-Jawad Pike Architects

Central Saint Martins

Condé Nast

Design Museum

Delfina Foundation

Douglas Hyde Gallery

Faggionato Gallery

Garageland Magazine

GLA Regeneration

Hackney Council

Historic England

V&A Museum

Village Underground


King’s College London

Louis Vuitton

Lyson Marchessault

Mayor of London


Public Works

Punto Architects

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Simon Foxton

University of the Arts London


In addition to our commercial activities we also work within the field of education. Hosting workshops and teaching in a number of institutions, including Royal College of Art, The Cass School of Architecture, Chelsea College of Art and Central Saint Martins.


A poster without a computer. Graphic design for beginners
Central Saint Martins, Summer Course


Flat. Non flat. Exhibition design workshop (2014–ongoing)
Central Saint Martins, BA Graphic Design


Collected Collections, after Sir John Soane. Cataloguing and art direction workshop
University East London, BA Graphic Design


Function–Format. Self-publishing workshop
Chelsea College of Art, MA Graphic Design Communication


Architecture and Activism. Lecture on the history of protest graphics
Royal College of Art, MA Architecture


Typography in Fashion. Editorial design workshop
London College of Fashion, BA Creative Direction for Fashion


Set in Stone. Lecture series on the relation between Architecture and Graphic design through Western history, from the Trajan Column to Archigram pamphlets.
The Cass, London Metropolitan University, BA Architecture


Selected Publications
Numéro, 2012
New identities by Gestalten, 2017
It’s Nice That, 2017
Vogue, 2012