How a Dynamic Countertop Turns an Island into a Kitchen.
Nero Cucine’s N037 Wins Red Dot Award for Product Design 2022
Italian brand Nero Cucine announced it has been recognized with the prestigious Red Dot Design Award in the Kitchens and Kitchen Furniture products category for its Hyper Kitchen N037, whose main feature is a dynamic countertop that can be raised to turn an elegant block into a fully functional kitchen.
At a first glance, this kitchen strikes for its inherent sculptural simplicity and its monolithic look: a precious surface made in Corian (or marble) seemingly inadequate for prepping elaborate meals, can be lifted through the innovative Wing Top mechanism designed by Nero Cucine to uncover a stainless steel countertop featuring a working area with a welded sink and a retractable faucet. The Wing Top mechanism is completely concealed and it is operated manually, which ensures smooth operability and durability over time. Once the top is fully up, forming a 90 degree angle with the under surface, it turns de facto into a backsplash equipped with a sensor LED light pointed on the cooking counter.
Stefano Venier, Nero’s Co-founder and Design Director explains the benefits of this technology: “the stainless steel backsplash alleviates the potential concern of staining the material on the exposed top and simultaneously adds a very clean aesthetic to the design. The mechanism is highly stable and fully adjustable: it allows the countertop to remain open in place even if it is just raised partially”.
The kitchen redefines the traditional paradigm of function versus form by creating two distinct instances where one can prevail over the other. When the countertop is closed the monolithic island exists as a sculptural piece. When raised and recessed – it becomes a highly functional workspace. “For its versatility – explains Nero’s CEO and Co-founder Bartolomeo Bellati – it is an ideal solution for an aesthete who likes to entertain and appreciates an elevated culinary experience assisted by technological innovations, but also for a high-end commercial space like an art gallery, a showroom or a high executive’s office”.
The Hyper Kitchen N037 also features an innovative and sustainable tubular steel structure that contains top-of-the-line Boom Motion Legrabox drawers, available in either metal or solid walnut dovetail. This model is equipped with internal LED lights that confer dynamism and bring it to life. While the use of exclusive materials on the exterior radiates an exquisite aesthetic, the tubular stainless steel used on the internal structure adds timeless charm, lightness and tactile pleasure.
The “Red Dot” is the award for high design quality. A highly qualified international jury only awards this sought-after seal of quality to products that feature an outstanding design. It is a milestone achievement for Nero Cucine, whose Hyper Kitchens are the result of years of design and engineering research & development carried out by a new generation of kitchen innovators who take the best of the Italian craftsmanship tradition and project it into the future.
Nero Cucine will launch a special edition of its N037 featuring its wing top technology and other innovative design elements during the upcoming Milan Design Week – Salone del Mobile on June 7-12 at the Pianca & Partners Showroom, located at: Via di Porta Tenaglia, 7N3, 20121 Milano MI, Italy. To stay in the know of events and happenings, e-email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Product name: N037
• Collection name: Hyper Kitchens
• Materials: The tubular stainless steel structure contains Bloom Motion Legrabox drawers and hinges. The drawers are available in either metal or solid walnut dovetail. The under-top is made of stainless steel with a built-to-measure basin, and the exposed “wing” top and cabinet fronts come in Corian or marble or veneer.
• Color: Black
• Options: the N037 offers a full range of customizable material and color options to match different tastes.
• Dimensions: (imperial) W. 15 ¾ – D. 2’ 1/3” – H. 3’ / (metric) W. 4800 mm – D. 700 mm – H. 910 mm (dimensions are customizable).
• Uses: residential or commercial kitchen ideal for a space whose aesthetics are contemporary and minimalist, as it combines functionality and understated elegance. The N037 can also be used as a wet or dry bar.
• Designer or design team: Stefano Venier, Bartolomeo Bellati