A pair of Mexico City designers imagine bold dinnerware and furnishings inspired by their culture and current social issues.

Platalea Studio’s Lilia Corona and Rodrigo Lobato are lifelong students of the culture and crafts of Mexico. Their bold dinnerware, light fixtures, and furnishings take up traditional materials and techniques while addressing complex themes like colonialism, sexuality, and Mexican identity—”basically how Mexican society is involved with the outside, and how the outside is involved with Mexico,” Corona explains.

Rodrigo Lobato and Lilia Corona at their studio in Mexico City.

Rodrigo Lobato and Lilia Corona at their studio in Mexico City.

Photo: Alicia Vera

The pair met while studying design at Universidad Iberoamericana and bonded over a shared love of film, their childhoods living all over Mexico, and a belief that design has the ability to give marginalized people a voice. 

After forming Platalea in 2017, they began partnering with artisans in Mexico City, transgender muxe people in Oaxaca, and students in Guatemala in a series of “mutual apprenticeships” that activate local economies and engage the studio in larger conversations. 

“We like to get involved with people who do their work with love,” Corona says.  

The result: modern objects that are charged with a greater resonance.

The Xipe Tótec collection of pitchers, mugs, platters, and cups by Platalea Studio <span style="font-family: Theinhardt, -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, "Segoe UI", Roboto, Oxygen-Sans, Ubuntu, Cantarell, "Helvetica Neue", sans-serif;">speaks to the tradition of Mexican cuisine. </span>‘></a></noindex></noindex><figcaption>
<p>The Xipe Tótec collection of pitchers, mugs, platters, and cups by Platalea Studio speaks to the tradition of Mexican cuisine. </p>
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<figure><noindex><noindex><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.dwell.com/article/dwell-24-platalea-studio-xipe-totec-collection-happiness-collection-c113d988/6710093599966056448" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" ><img loading="lazy" src="https://images.dwell.com/photos-6063391372700811264/6710093599966056448-medium/the-happiness-collection-by-platalea-is-a-playful-series-of-objects-that-took-their-color-and-shape-inspiration-from-unsolved-childhood-mysteries-which-became-longings-in-adulthood.jpg" height="400" width="600" alt="The Happiness collection by Platalea is a playful series of objects that took their color and shape inspiration from unsolved childhood mysteries which became longings in adulthood."></a></noindex></noindex><figcaption>
<p>The Happiness collection by Platalea is a playful series of objects that took their color and shape inspiration from unsolved childhood mysteries which became longings in adulthood.</p>
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