Based in New York and Italy, LATOxLATO design studio is without a doubt 100% proud of its Italian-made brand. LATOxLATO was founded by the married couple Virginia Valentini and Francesco Breganze de Capnist and celebrates the art and architecture of their home country through accessories, furniture and design objects. Her latest collection – Meridians – is inspired by the sundials that adorn the facades of countless palaces and villas. Indeed, “meridians” means “sundials” in Italian.
Each object in the series tells of Valenini and Breganze de Capnist’s passion for Italy, traditional materials and craft techniques. The main characters are undoubtedly the shadows that play on the white glazed porcelain surface of each piece when the light hits. I love the clever names, each after a time of day: 06:45 tray, 12:30 bowl, 19:00 rectangular tray and 22:15 box. Each piece is made of 24 carat gold, platinum or copper, which acts as a kind of trademark of LATOxLATO.
The tray at 6:45 a.m. contains a series of arches reminiscent of the porticoes that are often seen around the Italian squares. A high central element mimics the monolithic monuments of imperial Rome.
The 12:30 bowl has a central obelisk that casts a false shadow on the curved inner surface.
The rectangular tray at 7:00 p.m. interprets a wide open space with a central vertical element that can be read as an obelisk, fountain or sculpture. All of the above are common sights in Italian city squares.
The 10:15 pm box was inspired by Villa Malaparte, the legendary house on a cliff overlooking the sea of Capri, designed by the architect Adalberto Libera on behalf of the famous writer Curzio Malaparte. 22:15 pays homage to rationalist architecture by recreating the famous curved “screen” that sits on top of the house and making the entire structure famous for its way of playing with projections of light and shadow.
To learn more about meridians and to buy, visit latoxlato.com.