In 2006, Alessi entered the kitchen furniture market by launching its first kitchen system in collaboration with kitchen maker Valcucine.
The Kitchen Line
La Cucina Alessi is split into four lines: Sinuosa, Agreste, Geometrica and Transparente. I am particularly found of the curved kitchen island of Sinuosa. With a curved island, everything is easily at reach.
Designers Alessandro Mendini and Gabriele Centazzo integrate lazy susans to neatly store glassware, spices and utensils.
The bottom images show the Agreste series and the Geometrica kitchen line. Agreste’s main storage units come with sliding doors made of ebonized wood with leaf inlays.
Four brands collaborated in making La Cucina Alessi a reality. Alessi trusted Italian companies Foster and Valcucine and the Finnish company Oras for this project. It is common in Europe to sell the entire package with sinks and rangetops.
The cooking appliances are Alessandro Mendini’s sinks, cooker hobs (stoves) and hood by Foster. The sinks can be made from stainless steel or a man-made resin and minerals material called Ekotek.
Although Geometrica and Transparente did not age well from a visual point of view, I still enjoy the look of both Sinuosa and Agreste.