The Evolution of Kitchen Designs:
70 Years of Snaidero Kitchens

 

Snaidero Kitchens has been part of the evolution of kitchen designs for over 70 years now. Indeed, many of its designers have played a role in shaping this evolution. Let’s take a tour through the modern history of kitchen designs until we reach the present day.

When Snaidero founder, Rino Snaidero, first chose to become a cabinetmaker in 1946, he initially targeted bedroom furniture, but by 1959, it was kitchen design that captured his imagination sufficiently to make it his business’s specialty. Until now, kitchens were seen as utility areas where none but the lowly ventured, however, this was set to change.

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1959: American Ingenuity Sets the Trend – Then Meets Italian Style

A trend towards modular American designs that allowed for clever, labour saving kitchens captured Snaidero’s imagination and assured his fledgling business’s success. By combining practicality with Italian flair, the company began to produce stylish kitchen cabinetry that would rocket it to success. Its innovative “Gloria” kitchen would become a household name for convenience coupled with home comfort, but it was only the beginning.
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1959: American Ingenuity Sets the Trend – Then Meets Italian Style

A trend towards modular American designs that allowed for clever, labour saving kitchens captured Snaidero’s imagination and assured his fledgling business’s success. By combining practicality with Italian flair, the company began to produce stylish kitchen cabinetry that would rocket it to success. Its innovative “Gloria” kitchen would become a household name for convenience coupled with home comfort, but it was only the beginning.

1968: The Spazio Vivo Kitchen from Snaidero Leads the Way

Snaidero consolidated its position as a leading designer of contemporary kitchens in the late sixties and seventies, and its iconic Spazio Vivo kitchen would become enshrined in the Museum of Modern Art. For the first time, we see the hob and sink being assigned their own special Island while moving foldaway features determined functional zones for other kitchen activities.
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1968: The Spazio Vivo Kitchen from Snaidero Leads the Way

Snaidero consolidated its position as a leading designer of contemporary kitchens in the late sixties and seventies, and its iconic Spazio Vivo kitchen would become enshrined in the Museum of Modern Art. For the first time, we see the hob and sink being assigned their own special Island while moving foldaway features determined functional zones for other kitchen activities.
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70’s and 80’s: Design and Practicality Join Forces

It may well have been a Snaidero kitchen that made people realize that kitchens could be both functional and beautiful – and that kitchens could be innovative and practical while still packed with designer flair. During this era we see Snaidero once again having a kitchen accepted as an art exhibit as the company adopted new materials and ergonomic designs, integrating them into kitchens that would be considered modern and truly beautiful even when today’s standards are applied.
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70’s and 80’s: Design and Practicality Join Forces

It may well have been a Snaidero kitchen that made people realize that kitchens could be both functional and beautiful – and that kitchens could be innovative and practical while still packed with designer flair. During this era we see Snaidero once again having a kitchen accepted as an art exhibit as the company adopted new materials and ergonomic designs, integrating them into kitchens that would be considered modern and truly beautiful even when today’s standards are applied.

90’s: Minimalism combines With Luxury in a Sleek “Machine for Living In”

By the 1990s people were seeing kitchens differently. From regarding them as purely utilitarian spaces to recognizing the possibilities inherent in clever design, we now progress to design era where functionality is enhanced by form. Crisp, clean lines and a sleek look became the trend, and its father may well have been Snaidero’s design associate, Paolo Pininfarina. The renowned car designer adapted his skill to kitchens and said he aimed to design the ideal “machine for living in.”
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90’s: Minimalism combines With Luxury in a Sleek “Machine for Living In”

By the 1990s people were seeing kitchens differently. From regarding them as purely utilitarian spaces to recognizing the possibilities inherent in clever design, we now progress to design era where functionality is enhanced by form. Crisp, clean lines and a sleek look became the trend, and its father may well have been Snaidero’s design associate, Paolo Pininfarina. The renowned car designer adapted his skill to kitchens and said he aimed to design the ideal “machine for living in.”
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2,000’s: Personalization Makes Design Universal

With post-World War 2 austerity in the distant past and the passion for subsequent mass production having lost its attraction, consumers were becoming increasingly aware of the need for personalization. A standard design might fit an able-bodied person, but what about a disabled person? Would a particular design suit people who are short as well as it would suit those who were tall? The concept of a truly customizable kitchen began to gain momentum and Snaidero was at the forefront of the movement. Design became people focussed.
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2,000’s: Personalization Makes Design Universal

With post-World War 2 austerity in the distant past and the passion for subsequent mass production having lost its attraction, consumers were becoming increasingly aware of the need for personalization. A standard design might fit an able-bodied person, but what about a disabled person? Would a particular design suit people who are short as well as it would suit those who were tall? The concept of a truly customizable kitchen began to gain momentum and Snaidero was at the forefront of the movement. Design became people focussed.

2006: Kitchen Design Meets Science

As in the past, Snaidero continued to play its role in setting, rather than following, kitchen design trends. Having met already-identified needs, the questions was: “What needs have we missed? What developments in design thinking are due for attention next?” To answer these questions, Snaidero began its own research foundation. Thus, the kitchen progresses beyond functionality, through design aesthetics and personalization, and into the realm of science.
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2006: Kitchen Design Meets Science

As in the past, Snaidero continued to play its role in setting, rather than following, kitchen design trends. Having met already-identified needs, the questions was: “What needs have we missed? What developments in design thinking are due for attention next?” To answer these questions, Snaidero began its own research foundation. Thus, the kitchen progresses beyond functionality, through design aesthetics and personalization, and into the realm of science.
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2010 and Beyond: A Constant Stream of New Ideas and Technologies

As the 21st century refined our understanding of what people need from living spaces – particularly kitchens – now the heart and pride of the home rather than some hidden utility area, kitchen design continued to be perfected. But once you have combined perfect practicality and superb aesthetics, what comes next?
Nowadays, it’s about merging living spaces with technology: the “smart” home. And to be truly smart, it needs to be intuitive, adaptable and manageable from remote places.
Now tech combines with the ingredients accumulated over more than seven decades, combining to form the dream kitchen.
We’re also thinking further ahead. We understand the importance of sustainability and the need to escape the throw-away culture of the twentieth century. In short, discarding our kitchen cabinetry and appliances every few years isn’t a responsible option. Once again, Snaidero is ahead of the curve with adaptable designs that can change to meet needs and magnificent materials that can last a lifetime and beyond.

Will Snaidero’s kitchens stand the test of time? A look back to the 60’s tells us that, yes, they can! Despite changing trends, Snaidero’s first kitchen combo would still be perfectly acceptable to a modern homeowner – although its very latest designs would represent the dream.

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2010 and Beyond: A Constant Stream of New Ideas and Technologies

As the 21st century refined our understanding of what people need from living spaces – particularly kitchens – now the heart and pride of the home rather than some hidden utility area, kitchen design continued to be perfected. But once you have combined perfect practicality and superb aesthetics, what comes next?
Nowadays, it’s about merging living spaces with technology: the “smart” home. And to be truly smart, it needs to be intuitive, adaptable and manageable from remote places. Now tech combines with the ingredients accumulated over more than seven decades, combining to form the dream kitchen.
We’re also thinking further ahead. We understand the importance of sustainability and the need to escape the throw-away culture of the twentieth century. In short, discarding our kitchen cabinetry and appliances every few years isn’t a responsible option. Once again, Snaidero is ahead of the curve with adaptable designs that can change to meet needs and magnificent materials that can last a lifetime and beyond.

Will Snaidero’s kitchens stand the test of time? A look back to the 60’s tells us that, yes, they can! Despite changing trends, Snaidero’s first kitchen combo would still be perfectly acceptable to a modern homeowner – although its very latest designs would represent the dream.

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