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We work across disciplines and industries on a variety of projects from industrial products, to bespoke commissions, interiors and installations. Our design process combines deep understanding of materials and making techniques as well as patterns, textures and colours. We design to challenge perception, functionality and materials, create products, spaces and installations to interact with and we always work with sustainability in mind.
Our work celebrates the combination of industrial process and fine craftsmanship, finding inspiration in nature as well as day-to-day environments and has been recognised with awards and by the international media.
Laetitia grew up in Switzerland and graduated in Industrial design from ECAL 'Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne'. Matteo was born in Uruguay and moved to Italy where he graduated in Industrial design at IUAV Facolta' di Design e Arti in Venice.
They met in London, where they were both working as designers for internationally acclaimed studios.
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Fascinated by the discovery of one-point perspective during the Renaissance period, the duo have created a landscape of overlapping semi-transparent shapes that plays with the viewers sense of perspective. The title of the work is a French term that literally translates as “placed into abyss”, and refers to the experience of walking through the installation.
Contrasting with the pale interiors of the surrounding galleries and the creamy marble sculptures within them, the designers have created an explosion of coloured acrylic panels layered across the length of the bridge. These bright semi-transparent panels also reference the V&A’s colourful glass and stained glass collections displayed in nearby galleries. As visitors move across the bridge, they pass through increasingly small openings in these panels, a literal interpretation of perspective translated to three-dimensional space that offers an immersive experience.
“We wanted to create an abstract installation with a strong visual effect that is light and floating, in contrast to the heavy marble surroundings in these galleries,” say the designers. “Mise-en-abyme is not just something to look at. It is something to experience.”