Schiffini, leading manufacturer of high-end kitchen furniture renowned worldwide, was established in the 1920s to supply nautical fittings to the Italian Navy dockyard in La Spezia. It subsequently specialized in the furnishings of military and civil ships. In the 1950s Schiffini re-oriented itself toward the kitchen furniture industry and became the first Italian company to start the series production of modular kitchens. At the beginning of the 1960s Schiffini was among the few distinctive companies which were instrumental in the creation of “Italian Design”. During this important phase, collaboration between Schiffini and prominent architects and designers was initiated. Particularly significant to Schiffini’s history is the relationship with Vico Magistretti, which influenced and renovated significantly the company’s image and thinking. Initiated in 1965, this collaboration led to numerous and fortunate intuitions that gave rise to kitchen models, still “classics” of modern-day production. In addition to Magistretti, in 2002 Schiffini started new collaborations with other noted architects and designers, renowned in Italy and abroad. Whereas the aesthetics and design of Schiffini kitchens are constantly changing, the company’s philosophy has remained unaltered over the years. Today as yesterday, design, use of materials, refined finishes and attention to details are skillfully combined to offer a comfortable kitchen space with an evocative power, that encourages socialization and is ideally suited for everyday living. To testify the main stages of the 80 year company’s evolution, that made Schiffini renowned worldwide, a collection of historical pieces has been housed in the company headquarters in Ceparana.
To offer its consumers absolute quality is the aim Schiffini gives itself in every design. From quality of materials used to the features of each single component, everything in a Schiffini kitchen is true to this philosophy. Quality is also synonymous of beauty, functionality and durability. That is why Schiffini has been a reference point in the kitchen market for 85 years.
Having been the first company to start the production of modular kitchens is just one of the goals attained by Schiffini thanks to the pursuit of innovative ideas, that have always been at the basis of its projects. The relation between form and function is constantly updated thanks to the continuous research of materials, attention to details and avant-garde designs, reaching at all times a balance between the suggestions of memory and the requirements of modern kitchens. This research includes not only those products intended for end users but also projects carried out with students, designers and architects with the aim of experimenting with new forms and ideas. This was the path that led to the creation of the latest work by Gitta Gschwendtner for Schiffini.