modern italian kitchen designer Angelo Mangiarotti

Angelo Mangiarotti

“Design has its own world in which to act. The risk is that by emerging from these practical and theoretical boundaries, marvellous settings get created which, however, are short-lived. Be careful of useless things.”

Angelo Mangiarotti (Milan, 1921-2011) was a truly original creator within the vast arena of international architecture. An Italian master of style, he was able to export his ideas and philosophies to the rest of the world. His career began in the early 1950s and his creations became points of reference for the world of architecture and engineering, as well as for design and contemporary art.

The collaboration between Mangiarotti and Snaidero began in the 1960s. There was an immediate personal understanding between the architect and the company's founder, Rino Snaidero, based on reciprocal admiration. The relationship began with the design and manufacturing of pioneering luxury kitchens. Mangiarotti’s “Cruscotto” and “Sistema” modern cabinetry lines were both distinguished by innovative stylistic and functional features. As proof of that, “Cruscotto” was accepted into the permanent collection of the “MoMa” in New York.

The relationship between Snaidero and Mangiarotti reached its peak, however, when the architect was given the job of designing the new building to house Snaidero's offices and central headquarters in Majano (Udine). Mangiarotti made the building's facade out of fiberglass and secured it to a reinforced concrete structure, which in turn was supported by four columns. The outer "skin" of the building - punctured by protruding elliptical windows – was the result of a patient study into the idea of outer shells and their use in architecture.

In 1977, following the damage caused by an earthquake the year before, Mangiarotti also completed a beautiful cover made from a steel structure partly suspended over the porticos and partly resting on pillars. Once again this design testified to his ability - supported by technique and analytical thinking - to work with the most diverse materials, remaining within the scope of their natural logic.

Project | Snaidero Worldwide Headquarters, Italy

At the time Mangiarotti was commissioned this project (early 1970s), he was designing a bold series of blown glass vases similar in shape to the organic form of a mushroom. The architect decided to translate this idea into the architectural design for the Snaidero headquarters. The result was a building characterised by the use of original materials and a refined construction system.

Project | Cruscotto

Using the principles of ergonomics, Snaidero’s Cruscotto (1973) provided two distinct, yet correlated solutions at the foundation of modern kitchen design. It conceived of the kitchen as a true “cooking lab”, while offering ample storage space and an environment that would be easy and pleasant to live in. The use of materials like wood and stainless steel created the desired minimalistic look.