Award-Winning History

2000s - Present

2000

Following the acquisition of other industrial businesses during the ‘90s, the “Snaidero Group” was born. The Group looked at the international markets from the position of an industry leader. The aim was to create environments which are universally accessible to all types of people, whether or not they have disabilities.

2001

First Place Cabinetry, Product Innovator Award: Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine. Sistema ES by Lucci and Orlandini Design.

2002

The “Skyline_lab” project was created, which Snaidero assigned to architects Lucci and Orlandini. The project aimed to fulfill the specific requests of customers and provide useful service and support for disabled people and their families. The “Skyline_lab” represents a particularly flexible program, able to adapt to anyone’s needs, by using diversified solutions.

2003

Good Design Award: Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. Acropolis by Pininfarina Design.

2003

Good Design Award: Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. Time by Lucci and Orlandini Design.

2004

Good Design Award: Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. Skyline by Lucci and Orlandini Design.

2004

Gold Product Innovator Award: Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine. Skyline by Lucci and Orlandini Design.

2005

KB Award for Kitchen Cabinetry Design: Women’s Day Special Interest Publications. Skyline by Lucci and Orlandini Design.

2005

ISP/VM+SD International Store Design Award: Institute of Store Planners. Snaidero USA Los Angeles by Giorgio Borruso Design.

2005

Good Design Award: Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. Snaidero USA Los Angeles by Giorgio Borruso Design.

2005

Annual Portfolio, “Best New Retail Spaces” and “Most Unique Stores”: Display & Design Ideas magazine. Snaidero USA Los Angeles showroom by Giorgio Borruso Design.

May 2006

The “Rino Snaidero Scientific Foundation” was set up to honor the pioneering and innovating spirit of Rino Snaidero, who left us in January 2004. The Foundation was created to become a true “ideas factory”. In particular, the CREA LAB is responsible for international research involving young creative minds and experts from the business world. Its CREAtive Team is made up of young researchers from many different disciplines drawn from the Foundation’s international network. It is free to carry out any kind of research deemed useful for finding innovative solutions for improving quality of life in the home. The REAL Team is instead made up of experts, managers and entrepreneurs who are able to select the most interesting ideas worth exploring from a technical, scientific, economic and financial point of view.

2006

Good Design™ Award: Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. Venus by Pininfarina Design.

2006

Best of the Year Awards (Winner: “Product: Kitchen Cabinetry” category): Interior Design magazine. Sintesi by Snaidero Design (installation in Jade Residences, Miami, FL).

2007

KB Award for Kitchen Cabinetry Design: Women’s Day Special Interest Publications. Venus by Pininfarina Design.

2007

Best of the Year Awards (Winner: “Project: Showroom” category): Interior Design magazine. Snaidero USA Miami showroom by Giorgio Borruso Design.

2008

Good Design™ Award: Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. Kube by Giovanni Offredi Design.

2008

International Architectural Award: Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design & European Center for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies: Snaidero USA Miami showroom by Giorgio Borruso Design.

2008

Red Dot Award (“Product Design” category): Red Dot Design Awards: Snaidero USA Miami showroom by Giorgio Borruso Design.

2008

A.R.E. Design Award (Outstanding Merit: “Hardline Specialty Store” category): Association of Retail Environments. Snaidero USA Miami showroom by Giorgio Borruso.

2009

Annual Retail Store of the Year Awards, 1st Prize (Category: Showroom): Chain Store Age. Snaidero USA New York showroom by Giorgio Borruso Design.

2009

Best of the Year Awards: Interior Design magazine (Merit: “Project: Showroom” category). Snaidero USA New York showroom by Giorgio Borruso Design.

2010

I.D. Annual Design Review Awards, Honorable Mention (Category: Environments): Annual Design Review. Snaidero USA New York showroom by Giorgio Borruso Design.

2011

Best of the Best: Robb Report Magazine - Bathrooms.
Snaidero USA Living Collection.

2011

Good Design™ Award: Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. OLA20 by Pininfarina Design.

2012

Good Design™ Award: Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. WAY by Snaidero Design.

2013

Good Design™ Award: Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. BOARD by Snaidero Design.

2013

Best of the Year: Interior Design Magazine - Kitchen Cabinets. BOARD by Snaidero Design.

Today

The Snaidero Group is the leading Italian manufacturer and distributor of fitted kitchens in Europe. Smart kitchen, interactive and relational intelligence redesigns the space.

1990s

1990

Paolo Pininfarina’s industrial design agency, who specialised in automobile design, started working with Snaidero. The goal of the collaboration was to overcome the increasingly standardised look of modular kitchens. This led to “Ola”, a design characterised by a strong architectural component and three-dimensional layout. It was later followed by “Viva,” where materials such as glass and steel were used in an innovative and highly contemporary way.

1996

The Company celebrated its 50th anniversary. In the same year, this splendid anniversary was joined by another, the 75th birthday of Cavalier Rino Snaidero. He chose this moment to announce his retirement, leaving the Company chairmanship to one of his sons, Edi, who was already chief executive officer.

1996

Custom Cabinet of the Year: Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine. Etra by Gae Aulenti.

1996

Good Design Award: Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. Ola by Pininfarina.

1997

American Building Products Award: Home Magazine. Ola by Pininfarina.

1998

Custom Cabinet of the Year: Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine. Viva by Pininfarina.

1999

Good Design Award: Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. Idea by Pininfarina.

1999

Custom Cabinetry Innovator Award, Runner Up: Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine. Idea by Pininfarina.

1970s – ’80s

1973

Rino Snaidero asked the architect Angelo Mangiarotti to design a kitchen, which would later become known as the “Cruscotto”, and was the result of profound research in materials and ergonomics. It immediately became the centre of attention, with a prototype of the new kitchen accepted and exhibited straight away at the MoMa in New York.

1973

Rino Snaidero extended his factory in Majano. Once completed in 1978, the expanded factory reached the size of one hundred thousand square metres. A “population” of one thousand three hundred people worked there. In addition the expanding Company opened three new sales subsidiaries: in Paris, London and Zurich.

1975

Rino Snaidero entrusted renowned architect Angelo Mangiarotti with the design of the new corporate headquarters in Majano, Italy.

1975

During the 1970's Mangiarotti was working on a series of mushroom-shaped blown glass vases: a design solution that was adopted on a construction level for the design of the new and imposing headquarters for Snaidero. The result was a magnificent building with extremely refined materials and support structures, characterised by slightly protruding elliptical windows that became round in the curvature of the corners.

May 1976

While the headquarters were still under development, all of Friuli and Majano was struck by a terrible earthquake. The earthquake killed many and devastated homes and businesses. Rino’s factories were also destroyed. Rino did not lose hope however, and he motivated everyone to find courage and rebuild.

1977

Rino Snaidero asked Angelo Mangiarotti to continue with the works at the devastated building site. The new complex was completed in 1977 and featured avant-garde building solutions designed to withstand earthquakes.

1979

Snaidero USA is established to service the American market.

1980's

The architect Giovanni Offredi, one of the best designers of his time, became the main designer at Snaidero. Over the years he produced many refined and beautiful designs that became both public and critical successes. The splendid new “Krios”, “Kalia”, “Pragma”, “Elementi” and “Contralto” kitchens were thus created, all to varying degrees highly innovative and technological.

1960s

1961

This year saw the launch of “Gloria”, the first modular kitchen in polyester lacquered wood made by Snaidero. The domestic appliances were built into the kitchen - a conceptual revolution! Soon after, a 15 second television advert first brought the national public’s attention to both the innovative kitchen “Gloria”, and the dynamic brand “Snaidero”.

1968

Architect and designer Virgilio Forchiassin designed the “Spazio Vivo” kitchen for Snaidero. The hob and sink were designed according to a revolutionary new concept: they were grouped into an island – for the first time ever! The remaining functions are assigned to the wall space using innovative moving blocks which, hinged to the base units, open and close according to the function they are designed to perform. On its debut, the Snaidero “Spazio Vivo” kitchen immediately entered the permanent collection of the prestigious “MoMa” (Museum of Modern Art) in New York.

1969

After a period of exciting growth, Rino Snaidero had the satisfaction of seeing his Company listed on the Stock Exchange. What was once a small craft workshop with big dreams for the future, became “Snaidero Rino S.p.a.”.

1940s - '50s

January 1946

Rino Snaidero broke with his family tradition and chose to become a craftsman and furniture maker. He opened a small cabinetry shop tucked into the hills of the Friuli region in Northern Italy. Rino employed sixteen people in his first workshop, and in the beginning, made bedroom furniture and windows for the new homes.

1959

A crucial year in the Company’s history, Rino set up “Rino Snaidero & C.”, transforming what was essentially still a workshop into an industrial company. He also decided to exclusively manufacture kitchen furniture, optimising and serialising the production lines.

January 1960

The Company’s new industrial premises were opened in Majano (Udine).