The Meridiane Assortment Finds Its Imaginative and prescient within the Sundials of Italy

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.

6:45

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.

Accessory tray

6:45

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.

Accessory tray

12:30

The 12:30 bowl has a central obelisk that casts a false shadow on the curved inner surface.

Accessory tray

12:30

Accessory tray

19:00

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.

Accessory tray

19:00

Accessory box

22:15

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.

Accessory box

22:15

Accessory dishes

Accessory dishes

Virginia Valentini and Francesco Breganze de Capnist

Virginia Valentini and Francesco Breganze de Capnist

To learn more about meridians and to buy, visit latoxlato.com.

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