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Set Design

Lightning + Kinglyface

Posted by Rob Alderson,

Amazingly-named set designers Lightning + Kinglyface, aka Anna Fulmine and Victoria Shahrokh have just unveiled their brand spanking new website and my goodness it’s a thing of some beauty. The dynamic duo have a wonderfully atmospheric style, creating thoughtful, intriguing and frequently unsettling pieces (a stretched canvas of “human skin” anyone?) for a whole host of top-notch clients. Their new site not only looks good, but manages to do justice to their craft, which can sometimes get lost in translation online.

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Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.

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