Valcucine kitchens – old handicraft techniques and contemporary design

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After the boom of mass production, a rediscovery of ancient traditions and work techniques has been felt. Many times these are reviewed and capitalized within some projects of contemporary design. Therefore, the artisans increasingly start to collaborate with modern designers managing to create warm and soothing custom interiors.

Such a view led the Italian designer Gabriele Centazzo to set the bases of the Valcucine project, in order to achieve kitchens in the traditional style by combining an approach and a modern geometry with decors of old times. Thus, the SineTempore kitchen is designed to express traditional values by recovering old handicraft techniques.

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The presence of some old traditional objects and decors increases the aesthetic sustainability of a kitchen because the handmade objects and supplies, handicraft, have a personality and beauty that make them to be valued, more in time. The shelves and pieces of furniture found in the SineTempore kitchens are made of ulm wood with comb or tenon joints. A traditional copper cooker hood with a trapezoidal body, may be present in these kitchens, among other copper decors.

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Various work techniques and processing materials are used to make supplies and decorations.
Bush-hammering is a surface treatment for stone elements that are to be left in view; it creates a slightly corrugated surface giving it an appearance that is similar to the natural material. It can be used on almost all types of stone materials.
Carving is an artistic technique by which recessed or raised decorations are made on wooden surfaces: it is distinguished from sculpturing because of its highly decorative purpose.
Inlay or wood inlay is a type of decoration that is achieved by putting together minute pieces of wood or other materials in different colours.
Pyrography (from the ancient Greek: “writing with fire”) is an engraving technique using a source of heat on wood, leather, cork or other surfaces that was practised in the past utilising pointed, red hot, iron tools.
The mosaic is a composition obtained by using fragments of materials (tesserae) of different types and colours (stone, glass, shells) processed by hand. From the SineTempore, Valcucine series, we present you in the contiguous pictures the Inlay kitchen.

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