Snaidero's manufacturing in the '70s

Snaidero and the evolution of modern kitchen design through the years: '60s to '90s

With a history spanning over 60 years, Snaidero has been an integral part of the evolution of modern kitchen design. In so doing, the company has helped shape the way we live and express ourselves in the kitchen – and at home. A look back at the designs that Snaidero developed through the decades shows us how much has changed.


The Sixties were a time of great innovation and revolution in terms of architecture, design, and furnishing. The focus was on enhancing functionality while creating clean and open aesthetics. These are the years that saw Snaidero start collaborating with renown Italian designers to develop new kitchen lines.

1968 kitchen: SPAZIO VIVO - designer: Virgilio Forchiassin

Snaidero's 1968 modern kitchen, Spazio Vivo

With Spazio Vivo, Snaidero started experimenting with the concept of designing and manufacturing fully modular kitchen cabinets. The aesthetic was clean with integrated handles and the fun juxtaposition of white, black, and yellow.


The Seventies called for aesthetic balance and simplification while continuing to improve functionality. Forms and colors were used to create relaxing, minimalistic atmospheres.

1973 kitchen: CRUSCOTTO – designer: Angelo Mangiarotti

Snaidero's 1973 modern kitchen design, Cruscotto

Using the principles of ergonomics, Snaidero’s Cruscotto provided two distinct yet correlated design solutions: 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.


In the Eighties, design was characterized by great aesthetic experimentation and the search for elegance and beauty. This resulted in a continuous back-and-forth between tradition, innovation, comfort, and provocation; all elements that somehow found a way to co-exist in ‘80s kitchen design.

1984 kitchen: KRIOS – designer: Giovanni Offredi

Snaidero's 1984 modern kitchen, Krios

With Krios, Snaidero started exploring the idea of the kitchen not just as a functional “working lab” but also as a true furnishing solution. The kitchen was still, for the most part, confined to a dedicated and distinct room but its concept was beginning to evolve. Presenting a very modern look, Krios played with clean geometrical shapes to represent clearly defined work areas.

1986 kitchen: KALIA – designer: Giovanni Offredi

Snaidero's 1986 modern kitchen design, Kalia

Kalia was another model that experimented freely with the juxtaposition of colors and shapes to create that aesthetic innovation so typical of the ‘80s. The ergonomic integrated channel used as door handle and the curved countertop signalled this desire for new aesthetics.

1986 kitchen: TEMPO – designer: Michele Sbrogio'

Snaidero's 1986 modern kitchen, Tempo

This Snaidero kitchen really embodied the Eighties’ aesthetic yearn to find some sort of balance between modern and classic, new and timeless.

1988 kitchen: CONTRALTO – designer: Giovanni Offredi

Snaidero's 1988 modern kitchen design, Contralto

The difference between Contralto and the other kitchens designed by Snaidero in the Eighties is once again proof of the aesthetic restlessness of the time. Here, the elegant contrasts of wood, stone, and steel grounded the kitchen in a feeling of things past but design details added a distinctly modern feel. Meanwhile, the Snaidero aesthetic continued to play with both straight and curved lines.


The Nineties continued to battle between the desire for minimalism and the need to really push the creative envelope to new heights. This resulted in some very interesting design trends.

1991 kitchen: OLA – designer: Paolo Pininfarina

Snaidero's 1991 Ola kitchen design

In its own quest for a way to break the mold of kitchen design, Snaidero partnered with Pininfarina in what would become a long-term strategy to completely reinvent the kitchen space. With the inspiration from Pininfarina’s work in automotive design, Ola introduced “bold” and “sexy” in the kitchen with the use of provocative curves and vibrant colors.

1993 kitchen: ETRA – designer: Gae Aulenti

Snaidero's 1993 modern kitchen, Etra

With this kitchen, Snaidero wanted to offer a timeless style that would exude the comfort of traditional craftsmanship and familiar materials like marble and glass. In terms of functionality, the design began to play with the space in new ways: 1) cleaning up the eye level with the use of fewer upper cabinets; 2) introducing shelving as a functional and aesthetic solution; and 3) using light as an architectonical element.

With the Nineties, personalization and variety started to become an important part of kitchen design. The kitchen itself was turning more and more into a space to showcase as a reflection of the homeowner. These fundamental changes would prepare us for the rapid evolution of kitchen design that would come in the new millennium. Next week, we’ll take a look at Snaidero’s kitchen design from 2000 to 2005.

Which is your favorite Snaidero kitchen from the ‘60s to the ‘90s?