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London Design Festival '15: Laetitia de Allegri & Matteo Fogale's Installation At The V&A Museum

London Design Festival '15: Laetitia de Allegri & Matteo Fogale's Installation At The V&A Museum
'Mise-en-abyme' by Matteo Fogale and Laetitia de Allegri.

In partnership with leading British tile manufacturer Johnson Tiles, art:i:curate designers Laetitia de Allegri & Matteo Fogale present their art installation 'Mise-en-abyme’ at the V&A Museum during London Design Festival 2015.


Inspired by the French term that means ‘placed in the abyss’, 'Mise-en-abyme’ is an immersive art installation produced the bespoke floor tiling from Johnson Tiles, teamed with huge transparent acrylic shapes that visitors can walk through. The resulting effect will be a changing sense of perspective when travelling from one end of the bridge to the other. 


Laetitia and Matteo explained: “What we wanted from the start was to create an experiment. Something that was not just a piece of design to look at but also an experience for the visitor. We tried to match the work with the materials, themes and colours at the location and so took the inspiration from the V&A itself.”


The theme of line drawing perspective grids, which emerged in the Renaissance period and can be seen in the large-scale objects on display below the bridge influenced the design of the base ceramic tiling of the flooring. Johnson Tiles are creating these using advanced Artile technology that prints a bespoke colour design onto the tiles – each section has 3% less colour than the one before to create a gradient effect from one end to the other. The pale colours of each transparent acrylic frame above them also vary in different outlines and shades to create a subtle, almost floating effect that complements the materials on display in the adjacent Glass galleries and optimises the natural light of the grand museum. 






Matteo Fogale and Laetitia de Allegri, Mise-en-abyme, 2015. 


All images courtesy of the London Design Festival.



Laetitia and Matteo's art installation will be on view from the 19th to the 27th of September, 2015 at the V&A Museum, London. 


Laetitia de Allegri and Matteo Fogale are a design studio based in London. 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. Laetitia and Matteo's work celebrates the combination of industrial process and fine craftsmanship, finding inspiration in nature as well as day-to-day environments. They work across disciplines and industries on a variety of projects from industrial products, bespoke commissions, interiors and installations combining the deep understanding of materials and making techniques as well as patterns, textures and colours. In 2015, they were awarded the Wallpaper* Magazine's Design Award for 'Best Denim'.


Collect design by Laetitia de Allegri and Matteo Fogale.

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