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Silvio Fortuna Sr. HISTORY OF CRAFT & TRADITION

The company was set up in Caldogno in 1925 with the name of its founder, Silvio Fortuna Senior, who resumed the business started by his great-grandfather in 1816 and interrupted a century later by the war. It was an artisan laboratory specialising in wood-working, with a vocation for quality.

In 1960 the company became "Arclinea Cucine Componibili", where Arc stands for Arredamento Razionale Componibile (Rational Modular Furniture) and it shifted towards series production, leaving behind its artisan aspect and dedicating all its production energy to kitchen furnishings.

This earned it a precise placing in the sector. Today Arclinea is a prestigious and internationally famous brand with selected specialist sales points worldwide.


Arclinea's Mission

"TO BE THE PRIMARY GLOBAL MANUFACTURER OF HIGH-END KITCHENS"
Arclinea's mission is to harmonize creativity and technology, conviviality and functionality, through innovative solutions for spaces that improve our quality of life.

Arclinea: where the kitchen is the home, it is the home which revolves around the kitchen.

Why Arclinea Kitchens are Different

Guarantee & Quality
Constant pursuit of excellence – since 1925. Arclinea’s great reliability means that all products are covered by a five-year guarantee against factory defects. Quality development starts with the project through careful selection of materials and finished products and it is certified by physical and mechanical testing carried out by in-house laboratory staff and qualified external laboratories (Certo, Catas). A serious company policy guarantees that products, production and procedures are constantly updated in line with a responsible system oriented towards future generations based on a clear principle: the first concrete gesture is to make products that last in time and that truly serve to improve quality of life. On 24 May 2010 Arclinea was one of the first industries in the Italian kitchen sector to obtain OHSAS (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) 18001 Certification, the international standard that establishes requisites for health and safety management at work. The management system governed by the OHSAS is inspired by ISO 14001 safety and environmental standards.

This initiative is perfectly in line with the company’s person-centric philosophy, followed since the start with the continuity, profound conviction and careful responsibility that is evident in its attitude to staff, commercial partners and consumers.

Functionality & Technology
Innovative products delivering unique performance. Professional hoods with high extraction capacity, hoods for tops, built-in hoods, extraction canopy shelves and ceiling-mounted models, with detached motors to take fumes and noise outside. Exclusive accessorised sinks, taps and fittings, a wide selection of internal accessories for organising drawers, base, wall and tall units. Indoor miniature greenhouses for growing herbs, infra-red food warmers, dishwarmers, warming tops and cooling tops with laser edging that can be installed on stainless steel worktops. Variable height tables, pull-out tops to be used as tables or snack bars, wine storage solutions - functionality and technology at the service of the client.

Ergonomics
Everything in the right place, every function matching performance. Accessory, worktop and appliance positioning stems from careful research to make work easy, while improving visibility and movement. Easy-to-grasp handles, recessed plinths, the right lighting for the technical zone and inside tall units, worktops in different heights and depths, in-wall dishwashers, MAC (Mini-Appliances-Container), study of work paths and hot-cold preparation flows: from initial food preparation to decoration of the finished dish, because ergonomics are always an essential ingredient of an excellent kitchen project.

Space Design
Architectonic solutions to fit the space they occupy. Careful design uses and organises available space in the best possible way, allowing the different rooms in the home to integrate perfectly. Handy pantry units with sliding or recessed doors, Closets fitted with 180° opening side-hung doors, tall units easy to reach thanks to integrated stepladders that slide on rails and the WIC (Walk-In-Closet), available in storage and “walk-through” versions. Thanks to careful study of interiors and the needs of their inhabitants, the Arclinea project always comes up with complete solutions.

Eco-Friendly Philosophy
The Arclinea philosophy respects and protects the environment. For years now the company has undertaken to make increasing use of eco-friendly materials and to adopt eco-friendly practices such as, for example, choosing recyclable materials (stainless steel, aluminium, Solid Ray, glass), the reduction of formaldehyde emissions (Arclinea units are class E1 certified, with emissions below 6.5 mg HCOH/100g) and water-based paints and lacquers. Wood used includes larch, mahogany and oak from FSC-certified forests. Ecological panels, made from 100% recycled regenerated wood, stand out as an example of materials selected for Arclinea furniture. Ecology for Arclinea is not just a promo slogan, it is a serious policy of respect for sustainable development as a responsibility towards future generations.

Materials & Finishes
Careful choices, accurate production processes, unique designs. Care taken in the choice of materials and how they are processed. Craftsmanship that shows in recessed handles and worktops in AISI 304 (18/8) stainless steel. Carcass finishes: Titan (edged melamine, water resistant and heat resistant to 150°C, anti-splinter edging), Okoumé (waterproof marine multiply panel) or white.

A variety of materials for worktops: stainless steel, solid core, wood, quartz, marble and granite, HPL edged in wood, steel or aluminium. The range is completed by a wide selection of customisation options for finishes and maximum attention to detail: from LED lighting to hardware, from edgings to sides and “soft-closure” hinges with personalised adjustment. All ensuring maximum reliability and safety: because those who choose Arclinea know the importance of details.

 

Antonio CitterioAntonio Citterio
Antonio Citterio is currently working in the industrial design sector with Italian and foreign companies such as Ansorg, Arclinea, Axor-Hansgrohe, Aubrilam, B&B Italia, Flexform, Flos, Fusital, Guzzini, Iittala, Inda, Kartell, Maxalto, Sanitec Group - Pozzi Ginori, Simon Urmet, Technogym, Tre Più and Vitra.

Antonio Citterio was born in Meda in 1950, started his design office in 1972, and graduated in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic in 1975.Between 1987 and 1996 he worked in association with Terry Dwan and, together, they created buildings in Europe and Japan.

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