“A vast room, with an indefinite number of ends in varying sizes, rising towards the sky like a dome while collapsing down to the depths of the earth like a pit: as dark, or rather, as black as soot, with the bottoms of the casseroles, dripping pans and flasks shining against the walls like devilish eyes and nearly every inch being occupied by huge sideboards, colossal cabinets and endless tables…”
Ippolito Nievo – description of the Castle of Fratta’s kitchen
Starting with the French and their young King Henry III of Valois, who was stunned speechless when, in 1573, the Venetians presented him with a feast of tablecloths, napkins, plates, cutlery and even bread made of sugar. And yet, Henry was the son of Catherine de’ Medici, the lady who had introduced the court of France to the use of the fork and brought a group of Tuscan ice-cream makers with her across the Alps to take care of her food habits. A passion for haute cuisine that all queens of France of Medicean descent seemed to share, considering that the wedding banquet for Maria de’ Medici and Henry IV of Bourbon put to the test even the skills of the brilliant Bernardo Buontalenti. He is said to have made the first sorbet, with help of the Medicean court’s pastry makers, by inventing a box-shaped machine featuring an insulating cavity and a central cylinder containing cold ingredients that were solidified by spatulas set in motion by an outer control knob. One of the many inventions by Buontalenti whose great achievements as sculptor, painter, miniaturist, theatrical designer, inventor and civil and military architect testify to his Florentine origins and education. Worth mentioning is that, for this royal wedding banquet, the place cards in the shape of statues were all made of sugar and designed by Giambologna and Tacca, no less.
Nothing would have been possible
The Officine Gullo kitchens are created in an balance between tradition and
modernity. Today the kitchen is equipped with avant-guard technology, inserted
inside structures that have inherited the ancient artisanal tradition of metalworking.
The beauty of our city that we are so lucky to live in is the element that allows us to mix
together these two souls of our production: technology and style.
The wonders of this land that inspires so many people every day, guide our
imagination every time that we begin a project.
The hidden, perfect geometries hidden in the facades of ancient buildings,
in the frescoes, sculptures, artisanship that we have as our models as
we forge the metals of our creations.
Art & Craftmanship
To understand the true value of an Officine Gullo kitchen, a brief trip in the laboratories where the ideas come to life is a necessary experience, other than being and extremely interesting voyage. In order, everything begins with the project, examined in detail with the client until we have reached perfection and all of the requirements have been answered. When the blueprints of the projects reach the workshop work begins on the metal panels (thickness can reach 7mm). The Stainless Steel takes the shape of the drawers, cabinets and tops on which professional elements and appliances are mounted on.
In parallel the details are brought to life, work on the knobs, corner trims, hinges and mechanisms is carried out singularly piece by piece manually by working solid brass bars on the lathe and milling the panels of the finest metals. When every piece is ready, the kitchen is assembled in its raw state to evaluate that all is perfect. This is a fundamental phase as this allows the technicians to check the precision of the pairing of the cabinets and the harmony of the project. The kitchen is then taken apart for the last phase, the finishing and the painting of the metals, where it’s final configuration takes shape. A careful and meticulous work carried out by master artisans allows the kitchen in all its details to become a unique and inimitable.
Following the Florentine tradition so dear to us,
bodywork of heavy steel is finished with fusions
of hand-hammered burnished brass,
burnished copper and heavy gauge silver plating.
We had created what we had imagined:
a kitchen designed for those who appreciate good food,
enjoy the pleasure of living in a refined space and
who share our passion for well-made things.
We had created the quintessential kitchen.