Plato Design selected for the book 100 Storie di Creatività, Lazio Creativo Edizione 2016

Plato Design selected for the book 100 Storie di Creatività, Lazio Creativo Edizione 2016

Plato Design was selected among the best 100 creative industries of Latium. The book 100 Storie di Creatività has been just presented.

Here is what Vins Gallico wrote about us:

Platonic love. “Plato from the dodecahedron”, says Alessandro when I meet him. Obvious, right? To save you the effort of looking it up on Wikipedia – because I already have myself – let me explain the mystery. The dodecahedron is a solid with twelve pentagonal faces (that actually wouldn’t be a bad insult: “Shut up, pentagonal face”), and is also one of the five Platonic solids. But I’m not going to explain what those are – you can look them up on Wikipedia for yourselves.

Anyway, imagine a polyhedron which becomes a lamp when you plug it in. Nothing special, you’re probably thinking. But hang on – thanks to a system of magnets you can attach one to another, and then another, and another, and electricity is conducted from one to the next. The end result is something like a 3D chemical symbol or beehive which is also a very stylish lamp – and thanks to the ease with which it lends itself to customization, Alessandro and Caterina are busy involving artists in creating unique pieces.

 But let’s get to them, to the creators of all this: Alessandro Mattei and Caterina Naglieri are a couple of architects – and a couple in the romantic sense too. They graduated in Rome, and then separated (no, not in the romantic sense – he just went to live in Poland and she didn’t. Well, she did go over there for a bit, but then she ended up living in Barcelona, and then Milan). In short, while Alessandro was in Warsaw thinking about Caterina so far away and reflecting on Platonic love because of the distance between them, this dodecahedron came into his mind. At that point, they both started thinking about it: Italy is a world leader in the production of lamps, but usually ones made of glass. The two architects saw possibilities in other materials, however – in wood, and concrete. And so it was that Plato took shape. To create shadows, and not just in a cave.

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