The Best of the Best 2003: Appliances - Boffi Soho

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For proof that the Italians are still on the cutting edge of kitchen design, look no further than Boffi. The company was founded in 1934 outside Milan by brothers Dino, Pier Ugo, and Paolo Boffi, and it has maintained its edge over the years by collaborating with some of Italy’s top designers, including Piero Lissoni and Antonio Citterio. Boffi has recently expanded its U.S. presence with high- style showrooms in New York and Los Angeles.

Boffi’s advanced manufacturing and experimental designs have resulted in a great deal of flexibility in its industrial-style kitchen systems. Last year it introduced Lissoni’s Case System 5.0 (Robb Report, Home Preview, October 2002), an ultralean group of stainless steel cabinets with integrated appliances. This year Boffi is adding the Case System 2.3 (the numbers represent the thickness of the cabinet doors in centimeters), which is also offered in a white Pral finish, a material similar to Corian. “There is a tactile benefit to the thickness of the doors,” says Steven Salt, manager of Boffi USA. “They feel reassuringly solid, the same feeling of quality as the doors of a luxury car.” The new LT kitchen, unveiled in April at the Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan and also designed by Lissoni, offers lacquered honeycomb doors, recessed handles, and a variety of wood finishes.

 

Boffi Soho, 212.431.8282, www.boffisoho.com
Boffi Los Angeles, 310.458.9300, www.boffila.com

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