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Best of the Best 2013: Kitchens: Promemoria Angelina

  • Jorge S. Arango

Since Promemoria debuted its Angelina division of bespoke kitchens last year, one thing has become clear: There is nothing the fine-cabinetry artisans at the Lecco, Italy–based furniture company will not do for a client. "We are not industrial," says Davide Sozzi, a designer for the family-owned firm and one of three sons of lead designer Romeo Sozzi. "We have strong links to the craftsmanship at the root of our culture. Sometimes clients are overwhelmed when they realize that the choices open to them are infinite."

Such options—cerused woods hand-rubbed with gold and copper leaf; velvet-lined or ultrathin marble shelving; rosewood wine racks; LED backlighting—have already shown up in a number of private homes. For a client in St. Petersburg, Russia, Promemoria recently created an Angelina kitchen with hammered bronze cabinet doors, bronze toe-kicks, and Murano glass pulls. In London, a client’s townhouse (shown above) received cabinets of sucupira, shelves lined with hand-stitched calfskin, and beveled mirror detailing on the range hood. And for a New York City penthouse, the company met a client’s request for cabinet interiors in a lavender lacquer. All of that kitchen’s drawers were lined with hand-stitched leather pads, and Promemoria crafted bronze legs and a bi-level, hammered-bronze countertop for the kitchen island.

The exquisite workmanship behind Promemoria’s new kitchens is not new for the Sozzi family. In the 19th century, Romeo’s grandfather, who had a skill for intricate marquetry and veneering, developed a business building and restoring carriages for the Milanese aristocracy. As cars supplanted carriages, Romeo’s father focused on restoring antiques. Then in the 1980s, Romeo redirected the atelier’s efforts toward the production of luxury furniture, drawing the designs himself. That adaptability, together with the artisanship exemplified by the new Angelina kitchens, has earned Promemoria recognition as one of the finest furniture manufacturers in the world.

Prices for Promemoria’s Ange­lina kitchens generally are between $100,000 and $300,000 (without appliances, which clients buy separately and the Sozzis build around). However, the costs can vary significantly—one Promemoria project to date reportedly exceeded $400,000—depending on the level of customization the client requires.

Promemoria, 646.588.4409, www.promemoria.com