Producing cutting-edge, contemporary kitchens as functional art forms
Imagine if, when the time came to move house, you could take your dream kitchen with you rather than having to invest in a new one.
In other words, imagine if you could keep one kitchen for life. That was exactly the idea behind the revolutionary Portatilé kitchen concept from Italian lifestyle brand Rossana, which can be assembled and re-assembled many times to meet the owner’s evolving needs.
This is not the first time that Rossana has changed the way we think about kitchens. Founded by industrial engineer Fulvio Brembilla in 1953 and named after his wife, the company has a record of producing ground-breaking kitchen concepts that combine engineering with the best high-end design.
In 1968 Rossana collaborated with Giancarlo Iliprandi on a new range that set an industry benchmark for innovation and quality. It was considered so cutting-edge that in 1972 the company was invited to exhibit in an exhibition at MOMA in New York, titled ‘Italy, Changing Domestic Landscape’. The exhibition featured the now iconic Isola design and gave visitors a chance to peer into the future, introducing a new way of perceiving the domestic environment.
Rossana has worked with Italy’s most prominent international names in design (including Michele De Lucchi, Tito Agnoli and Rodolfo Dordoni) making it a respected partner for architectural projects and homes all over the world. Last year marked another milestone for the company, when it linked the domestic environment to art once again with the launch of the K-In, K-Out kitchen series at London’s Saatchi Gallery. Designed by Massimo Castagna, these are indoor and outdoor kitchens, which although visibly identical, are built very differently to ensure maximum performance depending on their environment.
The K works beautifully as an art form, appearing to magically float, thanks to the dramatic overhang on the highly burnished steel supporting plinth. This stunning effect is further emphasised when the island’s surfaces electronically slide open, modifying its form and proportions, whilst simultaneously revealing its function. Internal carcasses come in materials such as oak and olive wood and tonal metal finishes differ between the indoor and outdoor versions. For the indoor, burnished brass and nickel; for the outdoor, an aluminium truss framework features storage in stainless steel. Doors, panels and sliding tops are all made from natural stone, utilising an advanced manufacturing technique to reduce weight. When closed, the K becomes an impressive sculptural element, adding visual appeal to its surroundings. In open mode, its form and proportions are altered with work surfaces sliding to reveal a bespoke stone sink and client-specified cooking facilities.
For Rossana, kitchens are not just seen as practical cooking spaces, but exceptional pieces of sculptural art with an underlying function. Attention to detail is a priority, as is sourcing beautifully crafted materials that are robust and long-lasting. Rossana continues to design and develop the most dynamic and exciting range of contemporary modular kitchens available using only the most exclusive materials and finishes.
Rossana, 17 Duke Street, London W1U 1DL. +44 (0)20 7167 4717