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Italy’s leader in innovation offers a stunning interpretation of the modern kitchen in its design for the historic
“Villa Firenze” estate.

Custom Design Italian Embassy


December 18, 2008 —Arclinea, manufacturer of the award-winning Arclinea Collection is pleased to announce its recent project: a landmark kitchen for the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. The kitchen in the historic “Tudor-style” residence (built 1927), known as “Villa Firenze,” has been extensively remodeled by Arclinea and Scholtès, two internationally renowned companies working in collaboration to create a place in which Italian tradition and innovative design are fully realized down to the smallest of details.

Plans for the project were instigated by the Italian Embassy’s sincere desire to make the building a special place for promoting the best of Italy, with the goal of creating a showcase for the leading innovators in Italian design. Having begun by furnishing Embassy offices with products from some of Italy’s best-known manufacturers, this desire could only by consummated with the design of an “Italian kitchen” in the Embassy residence—a cucina that would incorporate the highest possible quality and functional solution in a dedicated space.
The selection of Arclinea was natural, due to the company’s uncompromising commitment to creative technology and uncompromising quality. The choice of Arclinea’s Italia kitchen concept, designed by architect Antonio Citterio, was equally as deliberate as the very name given this kitchen concept at its conceptual stage symbolizes what was intended to be expressed and demonstrated to each of the Villa’s countless guests. Arclinea selected Scholtès as its partner to study the layout and provide the worktops and kitchen appliances, as it is equally a brand of the highest lineage with manufacturing levels of absolute quality—and because, like Arclinea, they have proven expertise in carrying out tailor-made installations.

The residence, personal home to Ambassador Mr. Giovanni Castellaneta and his family, is the location for regular diplomatic and State dinners.  The resulting design is a kitchen equally at home with industrial needs and domestic ones—a kitchen designed with well thought out functional and rational work zones that expands to meet the needs of chefs and wait staff catering to the needs of hundreds, but which can equally retreat into domestic intimacy providing service and enjoyment for the Ambassador’s family on a daily basis.

A number of unique design and technical details contribute value to the project, including a record-beating 21-foot long single-piece stainless steel worktop by Scholtès. Additional features include


Welded cooktops and sinks perfectly built into the stainless steel worktops, with integrated anti-drip work areas, sliding chopping boards and other functional details


An “indoor miniature greenhouse” located in ideal position for use of herbs in cooking and decorating the plate


A “warming top” to stage and hold plates until they have been distributed by waiters


Innovative professional-grade cooking appliances, including steam and convection ovens, hob units, and a built-in coffee machine that delivers on the Italian tradition


Professional dishwashing stations and service areas


Point-of-use under-counter refrigeration drawers, seamlessly integrated into the furnishing elements


And finally, a kitchen dedicated to individual family members inside the larger kitchen, which includes an intimate slatted wooden bar top for eating and socializing

About Arclinea
With a legacy of craftsmanship since 1816, Arclinea Arredamenti SpA, based in Caldogno, Italy, is an industry leader in the worldwide kitchen market known for its cutting-edge design, use of exquisite materials, innovative technology and ecological commitment. The Arclinea Collection is designed and coordinated by internationally celebrated architect Antonio Citterio, designer of products for B&B Italia, Maxalto and Flos, among others. The Collection has been awarded a number of prestigious design awards including the “Metropolitan Home Modernism Award” and the “Elle Décor Edida.”

About Arclinea San Diego
Arclinea San Diego is the exclusive San Diego area distributor of the Arclinea Collection; one of nine distributors in the United States. The firm’s designs can be found in many different living environments—from traditional and historic residences, to modern, custom-built homes and luxurious residential developments. The company’s flagship San Diego showroom, located at 2515 Fifth Avenue in the Park West neighborhood downtown, features examples of the entire Arclinea Collection, including the company’s newest-generation of products. For more information, visit or call 619.564.7440.

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