Plato Design was founded in Rome in 2015 by architectd Alessandro Mattei and Caterina Naglieri. After working in several European cities in the fields of construction, interior design and research, they decided to return to Italy to work on their own project and launch a creative company. Plato Design's first design, the D-TWELVE lamp, was successfully crowfunded on Kickstarter and later presented on Fuorisalone di Milano, Maker Faire Rome and Moacasa. They have won a number of awards, including Regione Lazio Fund for Creativity, Inarcassa Premia le Idee Prize and Maker Faire Blue Ribbon.
Alessandro Mattei is an architect, designer and craftsman. Exceptionally creative and with a keen eye for design, he designed his first lamp at the age of six. He studied arts and architecture in Italy and Spain, and later worked as an architect for international companies in Italy and Poland. After moving back to Italy he founded Plato Design.
Caterina Naglieri is an architect and PhD in Environmental Design. She studied in Rome and Lisbon. She worked as teaching assistant in Sapienza University and later as architect for international firms in Italy, Poland and Spain. Moving back to Italy she joined Alessandro in founding Plato Design. Passionately fond of sustainability and innovation, she is the rational side of the company.