Officine Gullo for Aquazzura
Design and fashion come together for a limited-edition range of cooking units: a whole new way to look at the iconic kitchens from Officine Gullo in an original version, never seen before, by Aquazzura.
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Officine Gullo and Aquazzura are continuing along the path that has brought their artistic souls together, creating a capsule collection of free-standing kitchens, decorated by hand and embracing creativity, art, and design. These cooking ranges have been made and decorated completely by hand in Gullo’s “workshops” based on a design by Edgardo Osorio, Founder and Creative Director of luxury footwear brand, Aquazzura; an exotic motif, characterised by flowers and animals from distant lands.
“I wanted to create a kitchen that spoke the same language as our home collection and felt unique and one of a kind. We worked together with Italian artists to handpaint it turning an everyday object into something extraordinary.”
Andrea Gullo, Managing Director of Officine Gullo, states:
“We’d been thinking for quite some time about a customised, hand-decorated collection to make our kitchens even more unique. Our clients love the unique features and the possibility to customise every kitchen design project in terms of size, colour, and finish. With this capsule collection we have taken another step in this direction. Kitchens are no longer just designer items, but they can be genuine works of art, unrepeatable creations, designed and made exclusively for their owners. It is the exact opposite of mass-produced”.
“After our initial meeting, we wanted to take things further in this partnership, being bolder, and playing with shapes and colours to create something different, something fresh. I was fascinated by the decorations used by Aquazzura and the images they evoke, which are linked to the exotic, to the irresistible charm of distant lands and cultures. These ideas are what inspired the great European artists of the late 19th century, such as Gauguin, and formed the backdrop for the novels of Salgari and Conrad. I remember those ‘chinoiserie’ motifs that can be found decorating many of northern Italy’s aristocratic villas, with elegant wall papers and lavish wooden carvings.”
Officine Gullo studied carefully the techniques to create the decorative elements so that they could last over time, in spite of the warm temperatures of ovens and cook tops. The design is applied entirely by hand using acrylic tempera paints for Fine Arts and varnishes with specific protectants. The paintwork is slightly embossed to the touch, in a way that reflects how art is such an intrinsic part of this project, where the kitchen is seen as an exclusive canvas, waiting to be decorated.
ABOUT OFFICINE GULLO
Officine Gullo is a pinnacle of Italian excellence as a producer of luxury metal kitchens, professional cooking appliances and kitchen accessories, thanks to the enlightened vision and drive of founder, Carmelo Gullo, now flanked at the company’s helm by his three sons Pietro, Andrea and Matteo. Today, Officine Gullo owns single-brand showrooms in major international cities and design capitals including: Florence, Milan, London, New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Cape Town and Lagos.
The Florentine company is imbued with artisanal and technological innovation, creating exclusively with noble metals such as brass, copper and steel according to traditional Florentine craftsmanship. The result is a harmonious aesthetic between the classic and the contemporary, the most authentic expression of a great artisanal culture. In every Officine Gullo kitchen, a ll the cooking and refrigeration elements are capable of professional performance, made according to the principles of domestic ergonomics, that can be used at home on a daily basis in maximum comfort.
Exuding a modern, alluring elegance, Aquazzura’s footwear collections have become instantly iconic since their debut in 2012. Exquisitely handmade in Italy with a particular focus on comfort and wearability, Edgardo Osorio’s creations combine luxury and craftsmanship with an innovative design, sophisticated embellishments, and vibrant colour palettes.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the brand: a decade of extraordinary successes defined by a new sophisticated femininity that has immediately gained international recognition. The Creative Director and Founder Edgardo Osorio – a life spent living between Colombia, Miami and London working for prestigious fashion houses – decided to establish his own brand in Florence, heart of Italian art and capital of the best shoemakers and artisans. Edgardo’s dream business idea came to life inside the spectacular setting of Palazzo Corsini, Aquazzura’s headquarters, starting a ten-year journey of pure creativity and love for Italian savoir-faire, through the combination of traditional techniques and luxurious materials.
From the signature seasonal collections to exclusive collaborations and bespoke creations, Aquazzura’s styles have been worn by the likes of Hollywood stars such as Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Dua Lipa among many others, and royalties including HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, Queen Rania of Jordan, and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands.
Aquazzura’s shoes have been recently showcased in major movie productions; such as the popular TV series And Just Like That… starring Sarah Jessica Parker (sequel of the iconic TV series Sex & The City), in the latest James Bond movie No Time to Die with Ana de Armas, and worn by Lady Gaga in House of Gucci, directed by Ridley Scott.
Aquazzura’s collections are available at over 300 top retailers in 58 countries, online at aquazzura.com, and at flagship boutiques in Florence, London, New York, Miami, Doha, Dubai, Milan, São Paulo, Capri, and soon in Madrid and Paris.