24
Nov

AIDA COLLECTION

Design by Studio Viganò

Aida is the new kitchen model presented by Scic at Salone del Mobile within the Eurocucina 2016 exhibition. The model stands out for the assertive design of its shutter doors: an oblique element that divides each shutter in two equal parts, drawing a configuration whose visual impact is highly recognizable. The thickness of the shutters’ frames, as much as 45mm, is yet another distinctive feature that allows for a powerful, technically sophisticated look all across the kitchen’s structure. The composition showed at the exhibition is made of four elements: Emperador marble, opaque Eucalyptus wood, smoked glass and brass. The combination of these materials enriches the whole kitchen as well as its parts, besides showing off the great care for materials and manufacturing procedures for which each design by Scic is renowned. The Emperador marble top is crowned on one side by an overhanging peninsula in Eucalyptus wood with brass decorations. The sink is a one-piece bloc fully wrought in brass, combined with a matching brass tap. The bases are made of Eucalyptus panels, bejeweled by shutters in which Emperador marble and smoked glass are enshrined by 45mm thick brass frames. The inner bottom of the drawers is also made of brass, as well as the workstation that sits within the columns, right behind the kitchen island. The oblique design of the brass framework becomes a distinctive mark throughout the Aida Model; as such, it is the only fixed feature for all the different versions of kitchen components, while the remaining details can be selected among any of the finishes included in the Scic catalogue. The evocative name of this new kitchen is a specific tribute to the parmesan composer Giuseppe Verdi, who took the musical world by surprise back in 1871 with one of his most successful works: Aida. This opera in four acts was first performed in Cairo on 24 December 1871, on the occasion of the Suez Canal opening ceremony. The score written by Verdi envisaged a leading role for brass instruments within the orchestra; indeed, the material chosen for the structural framing of the shutters is a clear reference to the namesake opera.