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Pioneers in the pursuit of a synergy between functionality, innovative design and respect for the environment, Valcucine mainly bases its design on “design engineering”: in other words, on an effort to harmonise aesthetic lines with the most cutting-edge technologies to launch new, important challenges for the future.

It is with this spirit that Valcucine attends SUPERBRANDS LONDON during the London Design Festival, from the 22-25 September 2011: a partnership to promote an alliance between who supports the quality design and who produces quality design.

The protagonist of Valcucine’s show is the New Logica System (design Gabriele Centazzo)  kitchen: “Everything on hand, everything tidy in an instant”

Valcucine has always focused on satisfying customers’ requirements and has painstakingly researched into the use of traditional kitchens to this aim. The result has been the perfection of a few aspects that improve the interaction of man with the whole kitchen “system”. After having revolutionised ergonomics by presenting the Logica System in 1996 with its 80 cm depth and equipped back section, removable jumbo drawers and wall units with Ala and Aerius lift-up doors, Valcucine is now presenting the new equipped back section.
The back section is capable of containing and concealing, when necessary, all the kitchen equipment: the dish-drainer, weighing scales, small appliances, removable cooking receptacles, bottle-racks, power sockets, a monitor, a kitchen roll holder, the tap, hooks for utensils and even a cooker hood.
Valcucine showroom in London
Forza Projects Ltd 143–149 Great Portland St.
London W1W 6QN  T: +44 020 7436 1808 

Importer and  distributor:

Barzaghi Store srl T: +44 020 71 93 92 64

The days on which the “Salone del Mobile” furniture exhibition in Milan is held are the busiest of the year. In our agenda, events and openings intertwine with normal daily commitments preventing us from paying all the visits we would like. Nevertheless, this time it will be almost impossible to miss at least one visit to the Brera Design District where Valcucine offers a very special service to professionals of the sector and inquisitive passers-by.
Valcucine Temporary Laundry is the free laundry and ironing service that Valcucine makes available to design lovers during the “Salone del Mobile” exhibition. From Monday 11th to Sunday 17th April anyone who has signed-in on the web can bring his/her dirty laundry to the Valcucine Showroom in Corso Garibaldi 99, in Brera and pick it up during the afternoon of the next day. There is only one restriction:  the garments must be white.
This service will be offered with the collaboration of AEG, a worldwide leader in the washing machine sector, for as much as regards the technical information, and with Mammeacrobate who will give a live report on the experience and who will collaborate with us to run the laundry. As well as being a local service, Valcucine Temporary Laundry also launches a global product:  Valcucine’s Laundry line that will soon beautify the laundry area of homes worldwide with its design, functionality and with its ergonomic solutions.

Valcucine Temporary Laundry
11-16 April 2011
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. collection of laundry to be washed and ironed
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. distribution of washed and ironed laundry (distribution of the clothes collected the morning of the previous day)
at Valcucine’s showroom, Corso Garibaldi 99, Milan

Visit the facebook fan page with this event and sign up on-line to take part to Valcucine Temporary Laundry


The Chicago Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies issued a Call of Entries for the GREEN GOOD DESIGN AWARD, founded in 1950 in Chicago by Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames and Edgar Kaufmann Jr. Every year the GREEN GOOD DESIGN AWARD contest gives special recognition to the designers and companies that achieve design excellence to promote a healthier and more sustainable environment by means of their innovative products. The prize given by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design together with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, was awarded in New York by an authoritative and expert jury made up of internationally renowned designers and company directors of the sector . The aim of the award is to bring a public appreciation and awareness of a new design paradigm led by a current generation of visionary architects, designers, urban planners, corporations, governments, individuals, and private and public institutions. Designs admitted to the award are based upon the ideals of energy conservation, the reduction of toxic waste and greenhouse gases, the diminishing dependence on fossil fuels, and a sensitivity for waste, pollution, and the depletion of the world’s energy resources. Many different categories of professionals can aply: visionary architects, industrial designers, landscape architects, urban planners, developers, building owners, manufacturers, institutions, organizations, corporations, and governments-together with their new building designs, urban planning projects, landscape architecture, products and graphics, new technologies, public programs and services, and people for outstanding new innovation, commitment, dedication, and preservence in finding sound design solutions for a more healthier and more sustainable global environment.

Valcucine was selected for the GREEN GOOD DESIGN AWARD with the Invitrum 100% system, the first fully recyclable glass base unit with recycled aluminium parts and a single, 10 mm thick, structural side panel. This product fully expresses Valcucine’s philosophy, i.e. that of a company whose work method is based on a system that balances the use and the restoration of environmental resources and that saves on raw materials by favouring a design focused on dematerialisation, recyclability and the reutilisation of products at the end of their lifespan. This is a new challenge within the prestigious GREEN GOOD DESIGN AWARD. This International award is an important token to the effort Valcucine has always put into the creation of innovative and functional products in which design, technology and the pursuit of beauty blend with the respect for, and the utmost attention paid to, the environmental emergency: these are some of the winning qualities of this company that has based its philosophy on the aforementioned mainstays and considers these commitments to be real civil and personal responsibilities.

Valcucine has been selected by the “Osservatorio Permanente del Design ADI” (The Association for Industrial Design’s Permanent Design Observatory) for the “Industrial Research” section of the ADI Design Index 2010. This section collects projects and initiatives to promote research and innovation in companies and on the territory through design.
This selection is an important token to Valcucine’s thirty-year long commitment to environmental matters, expressed by manufacturing innovative and functional products based on projects focused on eco-sustainability.
Nature has inspired these projects and the result is a production in which research into useful and beautiful things goes hand-in-hand with respect for Man and for the environment. The kitchens born from this philosophy place aesthetics and lots of creativity at the service of the user’s needs aimed at functionality, ergonomics and safety in terms of consumer health.
Valcucine’s work method is based on a system that balances the use and the restoration of environmental resources and saves on raw materials by favouring a kitchen design focused on dematerialisation, recyclability and the reutilisation of products at the end of their lifespan.
This is where the path of on-going research into “intelligent” design and innovative technologies begins, making it possible to create products that reduce the quantity of materials and energy used in the production cycle to a minimum.
Valcucine: a company whose profile is the consequence of an ethical and cultural process.

Text taken from the ADI DESIGN INDEX 2010:
“Ethics, environment, innovation.
Valcucine has been focusing on environmental problems for years. The company’s concern for the environment is not merely restricted to respecting the laws in force but stems from the awareness of its own responsibility towards society, now and in the future. This awareness has urged the company to become an active force behind the cultural and social betterment of the territory it operates in, or from which it sources its supplies. The design and construction of all its products fully respect eco-compatibility. This means: producing using less raw materials and energy; constructing products using recyclable materials; reducing toxic emissions and polluting chemical substances, both in the production and the utilisation phases; guaranteeing long product life. All this may also entail the use of various technologies: Valcucine borrowed the technology to produce its 2mm thick door directly from the car industry and, in 2008, the company presented its 100% recyclable base units’ system made entirely of glass and aluminium. Valcucine is ISO 1400 certified.”

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