“I consider a kitchen to be ‘smart’ when it is able to elegantly interact with the reality for which it has been designed and manufactured. These two qualities are always connected, when we consider that elegance is not just about looks but also about the sobriety, grace and style with which the design is able to adapt to different conditions of use”

Simplification above all else is the common thread that unites Pietro Arosio’s (Lissone 1946) kitchen designs.He applies a process that aims to achieve truly “smart” and comprehensive solutions. In other words kitchens that are easy to design and customise and that are focused on a philosophy based on the tangible quality of the design.

It was on the basis of these lucid ideas that in 2012 the “Board” and “Lux” kitchens were released, Arosio’s first designs for Snaidero. “Board” is the knowing and thoughtful industrial response to a very evident evolution in the construction of contemporary homes. This is characterised by the tendency to compose small environments built out of shared and “free” spaces. At the same time we have interiors configured to be bright and open, free from functional constraints and aimed at new environmental qualities. “Board” is therefore a response to these trends that refers to a design concept based on the qualities of the solid. A “smart” design, in other words equipped with a flexible, interactive and relational intelligence. A kitchen with refined aesthetic and functional solutions that can realistically adapt to the new requirements of small spaces that call for truly flexible and customisable industrial solutions, with a level of effectiveness that can last a lifetime.

The design philosophy behind “Board” could be summarised by the phrase “smart kitchen, smart home”. It represents the tangible result of Snaidero’s comprehensive reflection on the renewed need to improve the quality of contemporary living. This reflects the changed architectural and lifestyle attitudes and responds to them with a good-looking and functional product that is modular enough to remain versatile in the face of changes in space and use, like the changeable and dynamic lives of young people today. A new design concept, therefore, which works on the assumption that those that choose an object with a unique design for their home, hope that it will then be able to follow them to their next new home.