66 Magazine Issue 3 Spring 2018 - Page 71

kitchen was equal to or even secondary to the design itself. Antonio Citterio, generally regarded as the world’s foremost industrial designer, eventually became the Arclinea design director and over time he has created a series of kitchen collections distinguished by new uses of materials, specific handle designs and special features often adapted from the pragmatism of commercial kitchens. Each kitchen is named after the pull mechanism of the cabinetry such as Artusi, Italia, Convivium, Spatia and Principia. With materials, there is not only a vast selection but the superiority in the way that they are used lies in the use of robotics unique to the company, as well as the adaptation of industrial surfaces for kitchen use. Steelia as illustrated in the Italia kitchen is a reinforced steel containing titanium that comes in four sophisticated colour options – Bronze, Black, Titanium and Champagne. The surface not only looks luminous but is virtually indestructible, scratch resistant, non-porous and does not dull down and lose its looks over time. Armour, another material developed for industry, has the benefit of a nanotechnology surface which is smooth, matte and velvety to touch but is antifungal, antibacterial, mark resistant and extremely easy to clean. The Italia kitchen, as illustrated, shows a floor to ceiling surface in Armour Nero delineated by an Artusi Gourmet Hood – the kitchen has now become a design statement. Wooden cabinetry and table surfaces, chosen from a wide selection, are often combined with stainless steel to create the natural, warm ambiance of a home, offset with a practical, minimal edge. Stone and marble are also options for creating a focal point using unique patterns and textures for the kitchen. Antonio Citterio has also mastered the efficient use of space with smart designs for sculleries, walk in pantries, clear concealed range hoods and ceiling hung shelving systems. Layouts and plans for individual needs are universal and unique to Arclinea wherever in the world the client may be. Arclinea is now a world renowned brand creating kitchens for chefs, cooking schools, celebrities and commercial spaces but what enables it to retain its longevity and superiority is its retention of its original values from 1925 –‘Il valore dell’eccellenza’ – The value of excellence. Above Italia in Nero Armour with Artusi Gourmet Hood. Below Italia in Bronzo Steelia with Downdraft. 66 MagAzine SPRING 2018 69