A few days ago I took part to an exhibition that was produced by Opinion Ciatti at the Florence Adele C sales point, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Axis kitchen production, innovative kitchen design conceived for the Florentine company by Marco Duina and Bruno Pozzi in 1986.
The brilliant introduction to the exhibition, appointed to Puccio Duni, awarded with Compasso d’Oro alla Carriera in 2014 and protagonist in “made in Italy” interior design world for the last 50 years, highlighted the comparison between Axis design and the evolution in the Italian kitchen design proving that the Ciatti product holds an innovative character still unmatched after 30 years.
Another interesting comparison was proposed by the speaker to check this kitchen design idea modernity: to set the success gained in the same timelaps by other products awarded with “Compasso d’Oro” in 1987, among which we can include some project that have got exemplary ( “Sity” sofa by Citterio for B&B Italia or “Nomos” office program by Foster for Tecno), but also others that are now outdated, especially on technological content. So we can state that “good design is something that can keep on maintaining its own original value despite the passing of time”.
The design innovation is based on an elementary concept: to decompose the principle key functions of the kitchen in independent elements that assembles on an extremely flexible structure according to use. This allows possiblities to explore and to appreciate the pleasure of proposals out of the schemes.
Axis structure is made up by a circular section stainless steel “bridge”; upon this, through steel spacers, is suspended, the top, available in marble, Corian or steel. On its lower side it can be used to hang steel cabinets, with doors, drawers or fitted for built-in oven.
This design, that is conceived mainly to stand unconstrained from the room boundary, includes a wall fixed structure in which the steel “bridge” is replaced with a “beam” having the same circular section and sustained by wall-fixed L shaped shelves.
The image resulting from the combination of these elements changes the hardly editable traditional kitchen design, made of standard units into a series of functions combined in a more indipendent way, that is not linked to the modular concept on which a kitchen design is usually based.