I was invited to Italy for 3 days at the beginning of May as part of Boffi's ongoing commitment to their vendor network. It was a great opportunity to not only fine-tune my knowledge of Boffi's extensive line of cabinetry, but also to come face-to-face with their new products and finishes just introduced at Eurocucina in mid-April.
Boffi's training centre in Lentate sul Seveso (just outside Milan) is attached to the factory where every Boffi cabinet is made. The closeness to the factory means that everything I saw was of the latest iteration; hardware, doorstyles, and finishes were so current some weren't even in the current pricing catalogues (new catalogues are due to be released in June).
|Countertop - Weathered Pine|
|Aprile Cabinets - Weathered Pine|
|Open - Outdoor kitchen @ Boffi Solferino|
What I really love about Open is that it is not simply indoor cabinetry re-imagined to withstand the elements and surrounded by cultured stone and a fake waterfall for good measure. It it a complete re-think of how cabinetry should interact with an outdoor environment.
Stainless steel, glass and wood are practical materials for an outdoor kitchen to be sure, but the openness of the design and the way all the services are hidden within the structure of the kitchen allows Open to become a part of the landscape, not the dominant part of it.
|Salinas - by Patricia Urquiola for Boffi|
Salinas is an artistic and engineering marvel. Each kitchen is configured to the specific needs of the cook, but the look and feel of each kitchen is instantly familiar. It's true that Salinas is a bit of a departure from the typical Boffi kitchen, but it's a departure that will no doubt push Boffi into new frontiers.
Other introductions to the Boffi catalogue include Hide, which replaces the Duemilaotto tall system of sliding and pocket doors. The line is essentially the same, with a few spectacular new tweaks:
|On-Off Kitchen in Black Lasermat|
Renamed On-Off ST, the new line is designed to work with existing lines like Xila (shown here) allowing the designer to create the "hidden" kitchen look with mostly standard units. The bi-fold units will be available in modular sizes, and are operated with an electric motor.
True to Boffi's form, the On-Off ST is still not included in the latest catalogue, and won't be added until they've "got it right".
These are just some of the more notable additions to the Boffi line-up that I saw. Over the next few weeks the Boffi showroom will have updated samples and literature to show off everything that's new from Boffi. Just as I had to visit Milan, you'll need to visit the Boffi showroom at Inform Interiors to see them for yourself.