We’re Yellow Studio, an artistically-minded international design firm based in New York City that specializes in production design, creative direction and art direction for television and live events. Over the past two decades, our global team of creatives has worked with some of the world’s most successful brands to create poetic, transient environments that leave lasting impressions.
Julio Himede, founder of Yellow Studio, is a passionate storyteller. From small installation landscapes to large-scale live music productions, his work is characterised by a playful yet poetic approach and a dedication to communicating a clear narrative.
After graduating with a degree from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, Himede honed his craft working in theater design before moving into events and television production. In 2014 he relocated to New York City and founded Yellow Studio where he leads a global team of experts to create a diverse array of productions and events around the world.
As Yellow Studio’s general manager, Nicola Filler Assoulin is responsible for the smooth running of all of the studio’s activities, which span various scales and timezones. Having worked for more than a decade in event management in both Sydney and New York, Filler Assoulin brings an international perspective to her multifaceted work, which encompasses production, design and art direction. A born multitasker, Filler Assoulin thrives in the detail-oriented, fast-paced nature of the industry and is in her element when collaborating with others.
Designer Avigail Gutfeld spends her days at Yellow Studio sharing and brainstorming ideas, and conceptualizing projects through exploration and research. A graduate of Theater Design from NYU and Comparative Literature from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Avigail is a Berlinale Talents alumni who worked in theater productions as a scenic designer and as a production designer on independent films before joining Yellow Studio.
Informed by her background in literature, her design process always begins with a simple observation or a seemingly trivial detail that she builds upon to create compelling environments and poetic landscapes.
An architect by training, designer Damun Jawanrudi works across many of Yellow Studio’s projects, conceiving and developing compelling design ideas. He was born and raised in Cologne and studied architecture at RWTH Aachen in Germany and Cornell University in Ithaca. Damun works instinctually, driven by a natural curiosity and creative energy. Following a number of years working for various international architectural firms, at Yellow Studio Damun has been able to break free from the constraints of architecture and bring his broad artistic skills – such as drawing, painting, photography and filmmaking – into his work.
Trained in interior design and architecture, Yellow Studio’s design assistant Gemma Mohajer works with the team to create concepts and develop them into interactive works.
Previously, Gemma has worked on residential architecture and community development projects in offices in Guatemala, London, Tokyo, and New York. At Yellow Studio she enjoys drawing upon her knowledge of designing spaces for human experiences in the built environment and applying it to the stage. Gemma regards the sets that we create as three-dimensional and functional pieces of art.
Drafting specialist Michael Moore is a craftsman at heart with a designer’s eye. An MFA graduate from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Moore has worked in entertainment design for over 15 years on productions for the theater, the MET Opera, and the Royal Opera to name just a few. The meticulous computer-aided drafting that he carries out at Yellow Studio is informed by the old craft of drafting by hand, which he practices as his personal art form.
Alex Schuppel is Yellow Studio’s resident 3D Visualization Artist. Obsessive about detail, he is responsible for taking early stage designs and bringing them to life in the form of digital renders. His talent for capturing the intricacies of light and composition has been refined over a decade-long career and enables him to conjure lifelike visualizations of anything from a plume of smoke to complex architecture.
Schuppel believes that the limits of what can and can’t be achieved through digital visualizations are rapidly dissolving – keeping up with this evolving technology has become a key component of his work.