Unique metaphysical backdrops for show-stopping greenery

LATO × LATO presents its new “Scenografie” collection. Innovative, architectural cache-pots offer a spectacular display of greenery. These pieces offer an original way to showcase succulent plants: placing their fascinating sculptural forms, no two alike, on these foundations.

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Scenografie collection Photo credit: LATO × LATO

Transcending the simple flowerpot, the design studio founded by Virginia Valentini and Francesco Breganze de Capnist has created a series of original and theatrical pieces of architecture for plants: stage-settings that combine the cache pot and its stand in a single object. These “Scenografie” are as mysterious and metaphysical as a De Chirico painting, structured to show off the botanical geometries of succulents at their very best.

The “Scenografie” Collection

As in all of its other collections, LATOxLATO draws inspiration from the rich heritage of Italian art and architecture and reimagines it in an unexpected, contemporary style. The collection includes three pieces. Each recalls an iconic element of the artistic language of architecture and then, as in metaphysical poetry, decontextualizes it in a rarefied and almost dreamlike dimension. “Quinta n. 1” is a harmonious series of arches creating a deep perspective. On the boundary between the Romanesque and the Gothic, “Quinta n. 2” evokes the geometries of a cathedral. “Quinta n. 3” is a majestic and abstract stairway. All three “stage settings” are specifically designed to show off the quiet presence of succulents.

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Quinta n. 1 - Scenografie collection
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Quinta n. 2 - Scenografie collection
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Quinta n. 3 - Scenografie collection
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Like all LATO × LATO pieces, they are all exclusively made in Italy. The workmanship stands out for its invisible welds: the visual continuity of the surfaces allows for maximum theatrical impact as a backdrop.

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All three “stage settings” are specifically designed to show off the quiet presence of succulents.
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The “Scenografie” collection is also suitable for outdoor use, thanks to the treatment of the materials. The mini-architectures are made of laser-cut iron, are hand-welded, and are painted with powder coatings that are resistant to corrosion, water, and aggressive agents. The sophisticated color palette includes mica gray, corten, and tortoiseshell. A delicate tribute to the piazzas, palaces, and porticoes of the Italian Renaissance, bringing a special finishing touch to the architectural, geometrical, and metaphysical signature of “Scenografie.”

About LATO × LATO

LATO × LATO is a design company founded by the creative duo Virginia Valentini and Francesco Breganze de Capnist. Italian by birth, travellers by nature, Francesco and Virginia, after graduating from the Milan Polytechnic, moved to the United States to work. Their partnership, besides being a professional one, is also one of a lifetime. Husband and wife share a deep creative and research affinity. From their experience in New York comes the awareness that no matter how far you go, your roots will always inspire your work. The passion for Made-in-Italy craftsmanship, and for Italy’s rich artistic and architectural heritage, is combined with an international and multicultural attitude. In 2018, the LATO × LATO brand was born, followed in 2021 by studioLATO × LATO, the creative soul of the brand dedicated to collaborations with other brands. In 2019, on the occasion of the reopening of the prestigious original location of Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores in Osaka, the Milanese presentation of LATO × LATO at Wallpaper Handmade was selected among the seven best events organized during Milan Design Week. Thus, it was featured again at the elegant Lucien Pellat Finet boutique, designed by architect Kengo Kuma, to launch the OSAKA × MILANO DESIGN LINK event.


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