October 27, 2014

A Taste of Italy: Arclinea’s New York Flagship

No longer the private domain of the family chef, the kitchen has increasingly become the focal point of the home. Arclinea knows that. Its New York flagship clearly demonstrates how to integrate the kitchen with other public rooms—and high-end Italian design.

Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners worked with Studio Tronconi to design the showroom. Stretching an entire city block, the 4,200-square-foot space consists of a series of eight bays, a continuum along which displays of kitchens by Interior Design Hall of Fame member Antonio Citterio, Arclinea’s longtime partner, alternate with living and dining vignettes. “There are no physical barriers between the settings. The sequence is defined by ambience,” Gianluca Tronconi explains.

Throughout, appliances, fittings, furniture, and lighting from like-minded manufacturers mix with the company’s own products. “From a space for socializing to a professional-caliber island, each different kitchen interpretation blends perfectly with its surroundings,” Citterio says.

But there’s more on view than aesthetics. Two functioning kitchens—from Arclinea’s Convivium and Italia collections—show off innovative technology and occasionally serve as cooking hubs for parties. This is a company that’s serious about cuisine, also partnering with the Italian food purveyor Eataly, across idyllic Madison Square Park, on a culinary school there.

Still, it’s hard not to eat up the beauty of Citterio’s designs, which combine teak, oak, Carrara marble, stainless steel, lacquer, and glass in an elegantly contemporary fashion. “We’re about the richness of the surface, not over-engineering the carcass,” Arclinea New York president Daniel Yarom says. “This space allows us to show the collection in the right way for the first time.”

Yarom would know. His office is tucked alongside the kitchens at the center of the showroom.

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