HISTORY & HERITAGE
The name Officine Gullo is synonymous with the flawless combination of authenticity and innovation. Using the finest 19th-century Florentine cooking customs as inspiration, each of their creations are born out of the Gullo family’s unwavering creativity, non-stop mechanical engineering research and passion for top-class handicraft. With this expertise, care and attention to detail present at every step of the production process, each of their kitchen masterstrokes are held to the highest level of quality.
“The beauty of the city, in which we have the good fortune to live and work, amalgamates the two cores of our production: tradition and technology. The wonders of this astonishing place inspire us every day; they guide our imagination every time we devote ourselves to a project. I’m thinking about the perfect geometry concealed on the frontages of Florence’s palazzos, in the frescoes and sculptures which we have as a guideline while we forge the metal for our creations.” – Carmelo Gullo
As is characteristic of the brand, each design bares beautiful, handcrafted metal finishes, including high-thickness steel, burnished copper, cast iron and brass, which have been hand-shaped by local mechanical workshops and bronze artisans. These expert hands also bestow the creations with a unique spirit through the light and shade of chiselling and burnishing. Here, the human eye conquers where machinery cannot, distinguishing between perfection and mediocrity and giving each Officine Gullo creation its signature, impeccably gilded aesthetic that glistens so gracefully in the home.
Dedicated to the continuous pursuit of perfection, Officine Gullo constantly evolves its product range to suit the dynamic lifestyles of kitchen lovers. Designed for those who appreciate good food, enjoy the pleasure of living in a refined space and who share their passion for flawless handiwork, Officine Gullo’s products represent a perfect marriage between art, heritage, and craftsmanship.
STYLE & SUBSTANCE
Officine Gullo creates custom-made kitchens, with every aspect of the project, from concept to realization, tailored to your specific requirements, while staying true to the brand’s Italian roots. Equipped with avant-garde technology, the kitchens are inserted into authentic artisanal metalwork structures that reflect Florence’s ancient and beautiful architecture.
Inspired by the past and restyled for the future, age-old craftsmanship and technological innovation lie at the core of the business. Designed to last a lifetime, the Officine Gullo kitchens are crafted from the most enduring of materials, selected for their sustainability, aesthetic appeal and resistance to wear and tear, while having the ability to deliver optimal cooking results. An investment for your future and a belief in ever-lasting success, these kitchens are family heirlooms to be loved and handed down from generation to generation.
Like its selection of metals, whose lifecycle enables endless reuse without effecting its intrinsic properties, the Officine Gullo production process is equally as environmentally conscious. No harmful adhesives or additives are used and the approach is low-waste (unlike carpentry), where any excess material is reincorporated into a new creation.
Using only the noble metals steel, brass and copper – which have superlative properties – the Officine Gullo kitchens beguile with both their form and function:
- Steel: Stainless steel is symbol of both strength and modernity. Remaining unchanged over time while withstanding high temperatures, this material is practical for daily use, and has the greatest visual impact on the kitchen.
- Brass: Renowned for its ductility, malleability and corrosion resistance, this alluring metal has been used for centuries in art. Its colour and referenced nuances bring a distinctive glow and air of elegance to its surroundings, which can be seamlessly integrated with any style, form classic to contemporary.
- Copper: The oldest of the materials, copper is a durable and hardwearing metal with remarkable properties. Not only is it malleable and easy to work with, it’s also bacteriostatic, making it perfect for use in the kitchen. A long-term treasure, its natural hue also brings warmth and refinement to the home.
Every component in the Officine Gullo kitchens begins in its raw state in the company workshop, where it is then shaped to order. The burnishing is done by skilled hands to create intriguing plays of light on the surfaces, giving the metal character. The kitchens obtain their stunning, full-bodied colour through powder coating, which ensures resistance to acidity and impact, allowing its vibrance and sheen to withstand the test of time.
“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.” – Carmelo Gullo
Crafting truly bespoke kitchens, Officine Gullo uses innovative techniques to create your dream cooking system. Select any colour that your heart desires, whether it’s to match your home’s furniture or is the same shade as your favorite car, or suggest your own novel hue made specially for you in-house for a more personalized design. For the finer details, such as trims and handles, a wide array of finishes are available including polished chrome, black or satin-finish nickel; coloured touches or an opaque high-tech finish for an ultra-modern feel. Even the engraving of symbols, emblems and decorations, usually inspired by traditional Florentine iconography, can be conceptualized according to your wishes and family history; the customization is limitless.
Working exclusively on commissioned pieces, the out-of-the-ordinary has become the norm for Officine Gullo, with levels of quality achieved that have never before been seen in residential kitchens. A mechanical feat posseting the utmost precision and power delivered in the most beautiful formation, their creations bring unparalleled culinary performance to the table.
The burners – the workhorses of the kitchen – are manufactured in chrome-plated cast iron and solid brass and are equipped with a thermocouple and safety valves, so they can safely and effectively release power of up to 10 kilowatts. The industrial-grade oven is crafted entirely in high-thickness steel and is compatible with professional pans, guaranteeing perfect cooking with its even heat distribution. There are also several Officine Gullo cooking accessories on offer that work flawlessly with the burners and oven, including a pasta cooker, steamer, lava stone grill, polished fry-tops and more. All these additions can be hand-selected by the user and positioned without limitation on the cooking tops. View the full range of products here.
A sublime synthesis of technology, aesthetics and ergonomics: these are the ingredients that make Officine Gullo kitchens one-of-a-kind, designed so that their users can cook to their best ability and achieve results like professional chefs. You too can have a kitchen fit for Michelin-starred restaurants, with Officine Gullo providing cooking solutions to the likes of Venice’s Belmond Hotel Cipriani; The Four Seasons Florence led by chef Vito Mollica; the Probka restaurant chain with Aram Mnatsakanov in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev; and Antonino Cannavacciuolo’s Villa Crespi.
Conceived for use by gourmands who aspire to cook like award-winning chefs but in the relaxed setting of their home, all of the kitchen’s cooking elements are capable of professional performance while embracing the principles of household ergonomics for the ease and convenience of everyday use. The design gives home cooks access to all the functions available to professional cooks, including simplified upkeep and easy cleaning through the use of edge-free surfaces and special extraction systems with washable components.
For those wanting to explore the world of Officine Gullo kitchens, and appreciate their quality and beauty at face value, the company has unveiled a new experience in which visitors can see the unique production ethos that combines passion, culture, science, technique and determination in action . The experience starts in Florence’s historic city center, where guests will partake in an exclusive culinary experience before being whisked away to the lush countryside to tour the remarkable Design Center.
Located in Florence’s Piazza Ognissanti and flanked by the Ognissanti church complex’s Renaissance chapels, the Officine Gullo social hub is surrounded by masterful works of art from some of Italy’s most famed artists including Giotto, Ghirlandaio and Botticelli. Channeling this creativity, the social invites guests to appreciate Officine Gullo’s iconic products and revel in the very essence of Italian cuisine. Here, people can learn about he history of Italian cooking through historic artefacts and interactive videos.
This culinary enlightenment culminates in visitors having the opportunity to admire globally-revered chefs at work using Officine Gullo cooking systems before tasting their delicious creations, providing the idyllic opportunity to experience the potential of these renowned appliances in person.
Nestled in the rolling hills of Antella, just a few kilometers outside Florence, clients can also visit the Design Center to get a further feel for the quality of Officine Gullo kitchens. Within the new exhibition space, planners are available to showcase various kitchen options to clients, and then assist with conceptualizing a fully-customized kitchen to suit their preferences and needs. From composition to dimensions, colours and finishes, clients can browse the full Materials Library for inspiration and have a first-hand view of their future Officine Gullo showpiece through photo-realistic rendering and virtual reality experiences at the nearby Creative Lab.
For those outside of Italy looking to view Officine Gullo kitchens, there are showrooms dotted all over the world. Find your nearest one here to get an experiential look at these gorgeous kitchens.
Head over to Officine Gullo’s website and Instagram page to find out more, or email them. For further inspiration, take a peak at their stunning projects gallery.