Officine Gullo bridges two worlds: age-old craftsmanship and technological innovation. Inspiration often hails from the past and is restyled for future functionality. Ingenious mechanical solutions and patents are the product of this ambitious approach.
STEEL, BRASS AND COPPER: NOBLE METALS ONLY
Fine materials with superlative properties based on bygone traditions are selected and handcrafted in thicknesses that vary between 3 and 7mm, resulting in timeless and beguiling creations.
Stainless steel has the greatest visual impact on the kitchen. A symbol of strength and modernity, it remains unchanged over time, withstanding high temperatures and practical for daily use.
Used for centuries in art, brass is known for its ductility, malleability and resistance against corrosion. Due to the colour and nuances that it acquires, brass brings warmth to surroundings and can be easily matched with any style, from the more classical to the contemporary.
Copper is the oldest of materials. Enduring and hardwearing, it is a long-term investment for the home. Alongside gold, it is the only naturally coloured metal, bestowing warmth and elegance to interior design. Used since antiquity, copper has remarkable properties: it is natural, hardy, bacteriostatic, light, extremely malleable and straightforward to work. It can be easily folded and shaped.
THE SUSTAINABILITY OF STEEL: HARDWEARING AND ECO-FRIENDLY
Metal occupies centrestage in Officine Gullo kitchens. Steel, brass, copper and cast iron: Officine Gullo draws on these noble metals to craft kitchens designed to last forever. Unlike the current market economy dominated by short-term use and principles of planned obsolescence, Officine Gullo kitchens are manufactured in hardwearing materials, built to withstand wear and tear over time: a legacy to be handed down from generation to generation. If these kitchens were to be restored sometime in the future, they would be restored in the same way that a vintage car is today. The company motto says it all: “working for the antiques of tomorrow”. The materials with which Officine Gullo kitchens are constructed are pillars of sustainability. If they were to reach the end of their lifecycle one day, the metal could be melded again without losing its intrinsic properties. Metal is a sustainable product. The Officine Gullo production process is equally green: low waste, unlike carpentry, and no adhesives that harm the environment. Any metal that remains from the kitchen production process is recycled in a new creation.
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES: ENDLESS SOLUTIONS FOR BESPOKE KITCHENS
All Officine Gullo kitchens can be crafted in any colour on the RAL chart, in addition to customized shades available on request. A wide range of finishes is available for the brass details, such as the trims and handles, from classic galvanic finishes, including polished chrome, black or satin-finish nickel, to coloured touches for a tone-on-tone effect or in contrast with the structural colour. Another option is an opaque high-tech finish for an ultra-modern effect.
Burnishing is always performed by hand to darken and lighten surfaces simultaneously, evoking slight ageing on the metal surface. The beauty of brass means that it changes with time, proudly revealing its age.
The technology used to paint the kitchen structure is the same used in the car world. The result is a robust finish that withstands acidity and impact much more than traditional paints.
A GIFT FOR THE FUTURE GENERATIONS: THE ANTIQUES OF TOMORROW
Because of the hardwearing and prized materials with which they are crafted, Officine Gullo kitchens are expertly made to withstand wear and tear over time. While the average lifespan of a kitchen ranges between ten and fifteen years, Officine Gullo kitchens are designed to last forever. Purchasing a Officine Gullo kitchen isn’t something you just do for yourself; it’s for your children and grandchildren too. It is an investment in the future, a leap of faith in the centuries to come.
“At Officine Gullo we manufacture considering much longer timespans than the industrial production in our sector. We create products that can be updated and improved, but never destroyed or forsaken. We work and design for modern living and for the antiques of tomorrow. Every element provides resilience, beauty and prestige derived from the materials used. In every creation, Florentine traditions are blended with meticulous research into function and beauty: we refine the steel structures of our cooking ranges with elements in hand-hammered brass, copper, high-thickness galvanic finishes and engraving, in the same way that artisans in Florence have forged metal for centuries, crafting unique works of art. We are proud to add our name to everything that comes from our workshops, safe in the knowledge that this name will stand the test of time together with our creations.”
METAL AND TAILORING: A PAIRING MADE POSSIBLE
Varying worlds stand side by side at Officine Gullo: beauty and substance, research and luxury, dexterity and elegance, product and process. In addition to (and perhaps more than) being a brand renowned worldwide for the uniqueness of its kitchens, Officine Gullo is exactly what the name says it is: a workshop where raw materials are cut, folded and shaped by hand to achieve timeless oeuvres. Now, as in the past, human hands hold the secret to alchemic transformation, from pristine matter to sublime creations.
Industrial, pre-finished or semi-finished components do not feature in this process; just pure metal bars and sheets. In other words, in the company workshop, every creation begins from a substance in a raw state. The hammering, burnishing, nickel plating and brass chromium plating, antique effect for steel and powder coating of the structures are conducted in the workshop after parts have been shaped according to the order. The colours are not usually based on a standard chart; instead they are prepared in line with the customer’s specific requests, sometimes in the same shade as their favourite car or the identical hue as their home furnishings, a fresco or an ornament.
The engraving of symbols, emblems and decorations is inspired by traditional Florentine iconography or invented according to the customer’s wishes and family history; the customization is limitless. For Officine Gullo, this means tailoring. By working exclusively on commission, the exception has become the rule and such quality has been achieved that had rarely been seen before in the industrial sector.
THE POWER OF THE MOTOR, LIKE IN A LUXURY CAR
A mechanism of precision and power, which blends harmonious beauty and innovative cooking technology. Like a luxurious supercar, the motor in Officine Gullo cooking ranges ensures extraordinary performance in an elegant design.
The burners, an essential part of the engine, are manufactured in chrome-plated cast iron and solid brass. Equipped with a thermocouple and safety valves, they can release a power of up to 10 kilowatt. The professional oven is crafted entirely in high-thickness steel, compatible with professional Gastronorm pans and ensures perfect cooking due to even heat distribution. Several cooking accessories operate alongside the burners and oven: pasta cooker, steamer, lava stone grill, polished fry-tops and more. All of these optionals can be chosen by the customer and positioned without limitation on the cooking tops.
RESTAURANT AT HOME
A perfect synthesis of technology, aesthetics and ergonomics: these are the ingredients that make Officine Gullo kitchens unique, designed to allow owners to cook in their homes like chefs do in their restaurants. This was the challenge Officine Gullo set for itself years ago, which enabled the historic Florentine company to become one of the most respected names for professional kitchens in the home.
Officine Gullo brings innovative technology to the home through appliances, cooking ranges and accessories, such as burners that can release power up to 10kW, lava stone grills, coup de feu, professional fryers, polished fry-tops, steamers, pasta cookers and refrigerators finished in anti-bacterial stainless steel, multi-temperature wine fridges, blast chillers, sous vide machines and everything else that is required for a kitchen to meet professional standards.
This high technological component has enabled Officine Gullo to design and craft kitchens for Michelin-starred restaurants such as Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice; The Four Seasons Florence helmed by Vito Mollica; the Probka restaurant chain with Aram Mnatsakanov in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev; and Antonino Cannavacciuolo’s Villa Crespi. Over the years, the company has developed lasting relationships with these leading chefs, incorporating their recommendations into products and honing innovative cooking methods.
Officine Gullo kitchens, unlike those aimed purely at catering and in addition to being equipped with the best technological functions, are also designed for use by gourmands who aspire to cook like Michelin-starred chefs in the relaxed setting of the home.
All the cooking elements are capable of professional performance while also embracing the principles of household ergonomics for everyday use with the utmost convenience. The design means that non-professional cooks can use all the available functions. Even upkeep and cleaning are simplified to the bare minimum through the use of edge-free surfaces and special extraction systems with washable components.
The vast collection comes complete with table and kitchen accessories developed in line with the company ethos of bringing the restaurant to the home: shelving, small household appliances, knife sets, handcrafted copper pots, chopping boards and striking wheel-based meat slicers.