Italy’s most pop­u­lar kitchen brand – and the most eco­log­i­cally aware

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When brothers Val­ter and Elvino Scavolini opened their kitchen work­shop in Pe­saro, on Italy’s east coast, in 1961, it was just a small fam­ily busi­ness. Pho­tos from the time show a col­lec­tion of mod­est fit­ted kitchens, many in wood, or the brown and yel­low shades so pop­u­lar at the time.

From the very be­gin­ning, Scavolini ex­per­i­mented with new tech­nolo­gies and ma­te­ri­als, work­ing with de­sign­ers to give its prod­ucts a unique look. This ap­proach, cou­pled with the firm’s broad range of styles, meant that by 1984 it was Italy’s lead­ing kitchen brand – a sta­tus it still en­joys. The com­pany’s col­lec­tion is still just as diverse to­day, too. The tra­di­tional line in­cludes the ‘Belvedere’, which looks like it could be straight out of an old Tus­can villa, while the modern col­lec­tion ex­plores looks from in­dus­trial to fu­tur­is­tic (there are also af­ford­able ‘Ba­sic’ and ‘Easy’ ranges).

Among the firm’s most truly in­no­va­tive kitchen de­signs is the ‘Qi’ by Ja­panese de­sign studio Nendo. Its name means both ‘wood’ and ‘con­tainer’, and the idea is that it can con­ceal all your kit be­hind seam­less doors, as well as inside lid­ded stor­age boxes ar­ranged on open shelves. It has a prac­ti­cal melamine fin­ish that mim­ics the grain of elm. The ‘Diesel Open Work­shop’ ( below), a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the fash­ion and life­style brand, is one of the new launches. It re­sponds to the grow­ing trend for merg­ing cook­ing and liv­ing spa­ces. Also new is ‘Mia’ (above), a de­sign in­spired by pro­fes­sional kitchens and cre­ated with chef Carlo Cracco.

Rea­sons to in­vest in a Scavolini kitchen go be­yond mat­ters of style and prac­ti­cal­ity, though – it’s one of the most eco-con­scious brands out there. In 2011, the com­pany in­stalled an amaz­ing 40,000 square me­tres of so­lar pan­els on its fac­tory roof – they now pro­duce 90 per cent of its en­ergy needs (the rest comes purely from re­new­able sources). The firm’s cab­i­nets are crafted from re­cy­cled wood, and are matched with only the qui­etest, most en­ergy-ef­fi­cient ap­pli­ances you can buy. Reg­u­lar qual­ity test­ing en­sures its de­signs last a long time – you can or­der spare parts, even for older models, to ex­tend their life­span. And, when your kitchen does even­tu­ally need re­plac­ing, nearly all of it can be re­cy­cled. Great de­sign that’s prin­ci­pled – it’s a win­ning recipe.­sign; mul­ti­liv­

Above Scavolini’s ‘Mia’ kitchen Below The ‘Diesel Open Work­shop’ de­sign col­lab­o­ra­tion

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