by SICISJun 15, 2023
Italy-based studio LATOxLATO makes its debut in wallpaper design by collaborating for the first time with Inkiostro Bianco, an Italian brand specialising in decorative coverings bridging art, architecture, and design. The result is a series of evocative, metaphysical wallpapers manifested as urban visions enveloping spaces in a rarefied, dreamlike, and dynamic dimension. At the core of LATOxLATO's philosophy is an aspiration to create contemporary designs through a harmonious interplay between different art forms and an ongoing dialogue between art and architecture. This intent is brought forth through this collaboration.
It’s an original interpretation and addition to Inkiostro Bianco's Flow line, characterised by its fluidity, and a rhythm of shapes and colours which break the boundaries and rigidity that often compresses most in today's life. "We are thrilled about this collaboration with a company like Inkiostro Bianco, an authentic laboratory of ideas that has given us full confidence and great creative freedom. It is as if we have been able to paint our vision on a blank canvas. On whatever scale we work, from the building to the furniture complement, and now the wallpaper, we love to combine the architectural sign with a metaphysical atmosphere," share the architect duo, Virginia Valentini and Francesco Breganze de Capnist, founders of LATOxLATO.
The common thread running through the four designs created by the studio is a reflection on the relationship between the interior and exterior in architecture. The graphics of the ‘Archscape’ and ‘Metropolis’ reflect the city from the perspective of those who prefer to admire it from a distance, within the comforts of their own home. Volumes, stairs, windows, lights, and shadows are projected onto the walls of buildings—a hectic yet almost mystical and dreamy metropolis.
Meanwhile, 'Bossage' and 'Coffer Mania' invite closer inspection. The designs evoke the feeling of strolling through urban streets, being drawn to the light emanating from a room, fantasising about the environment and the people who inhabit it, and allowing this imagination to wander and float in an intangible dimension.
As with every LATOxLATO project, the research on colour is essential, with hues formulated specifically to allow the use of the wallpapers in both domestic as well as commercial spaces. Cool, refined and warm tones create chiaroscuro effects. Each wallpaper design is available in various colour variants, making it easy to customise it to any type of environment and to harmonise with different interior styles.
"LATOxLATO's contribution to the Flow line is very interesting due to the originality of the designs and the striking effect of the urban and metaphysical-inspired graphics. In our work, we always aim to evoke emotions. Flow was created to provide backgrounds that allow each individual to express their own way of being, and the collaboration with LATOxLATO has enriched the line with exciting and sophisticated beauty," concludes Lorenzo Bragato, commercial director and co-owner of Inkiostro Bianco.