Our History

The Arclinea story stars the product and the people who have dreamt, thought, designed, produced and used it. A story that comes alive along a path of values that have generated, and still generate, excellence. A story that, in itself, represents the value at its roots.

1925-1958
In the beginning there was wood

1925

The company was set up in Caldogno as a specialist wood-workshop. It bore the name of its founder, Silvio Fortuna Senior, who had resumed the business started by his great-grandfather in 1816, which had been interrupted a century later by the war.

1931

The wood-workshop re-opened after the fire that had destroyed it in 1929.

1950

From manufacture of doors and windows to the production of ‘Swedish-style’ furniture.

1958

THEA, the first kitchen in wood.

1959-1969
Evolving tradition

1963

CLAUDIA (design A.&L. Fortuna), the first kitchen with built-in electrical appliances.

1964

LENA (design A.&L. Fortuna), the kitchen in light walnut.

1965

Construction work at the new production unit.

1966

SILVIA (design A.&L. Fortuna), the kitchen in Italian walnut with framed doors.

1968

NOVIA (design A.&L. Fortuna), the kitchen in a ‘modern’ material - laminate.

1969

After Turin, Prato and Rome, an Arclinea Centro Cucine opens in Vicenza.

Arclinea received the Gold Mercury International Award, the Oscar of European trade for production development and economic collaboration.

1970-1979
Growing, consolidating, writing new canons

1970

GAMMA 30 (design A.&L. Fortuna), the modular kitchen with handle-free doors. The birth of the great European kitchen.

1972

The arrival of MINISPAZIO, the Arclinea modular home project. A division providing consultancy, design, production and assistance for small spaces, a fast-growing segment in both the private residential building sector and in the sector of residential tourist complexes.

1973

NOVIACOLOR was presented at Eurodomus, the colour revolution in the kitchen.

1975-1978

Arclinea communication for the changing times.

1978

Arclinea presented "Cucina in cucina". A recipe book before they became fashionable. A true innovation in the form of a collection of Italian regional recipes written by Arclinea customers, with an introduction by Mario Soldati.

1979

PUNTO&LINEA (design A. Fortuna), the system that connects the kitchen with the rest of the home. A versatile, complete programme that made well-structured furnishing solutions possible, also inventing spaces and dimensions and replacing walls while keeping walk-through units.

1980-1985
The product gets the design treatment

1980

Almerino, Lena and Angelo Fortuna designed the new Arclinea production plant.

1980

ALISSO (design Lucci&Orlandini), the ergonomic kitchen.

1982

KNOCK DOWN (design Carlo Bartoli), the first free-standing kitchen.

1984

GRES (design Roberto Pamio), the elegant kitchen.

1985

ODEON (design Carlo Bartoli), the Arclnea ome system.

1985

The Arclinea communication campaign. The kitchen is the centre of the home.

1986-2000
Design culture

1986

The Arclinea internationalisation project gets underway with NYC. The same year saw the start of collaboration with the architect Antonio Citterio.

1988

ITALIA (design Antonio Citterio), the professional home kitchen.

1992

MEDITERRANEA (design Antonio Citterio), the professional traditional kitchen.

1995

FLORIDA (design Antonio Citterio), the light kitchen.

1999

ARTUSI (design Antonio Citterio), the free-standing kitchen.

2000

The birth of the Arclinea Collection. Each new article became part of a whole. A world of products reaching right across the board and sharing a common thread in one recognisable, inimitable series of solutions.

2001-2008
The feel of a home comes from the kitchen

2002

CONVIVIUM (design Antonio Citterio), the kitchen for socialising.

2006

Setting up of the Design Team and the Arclinea Training Campus.

2007

Arclinea designed the kitchen project for the American residence of the Italian Ambassador in Washington D.C.

2007

Birth of the Arclinea Project Division.

2008

LIGNUM ET LAPIS (design Antonio Citterio), the material-centric kitchen.

2009-today
'Made in Italy' worldwide

2010

SPATIA (design Antonio Citterio), the all-pervading kitchen.

2010

Arclinea Design Cooking School opened, the cookery school network that adopts Arclinea design.

2012

ARTUSI OUTDOOR (design Antonio Citterio), the open-air kitchen.

2013

GAMMA (design Arclinea Research&Development), the transversal kitchen.

2013

New York, Milan, Rome, Vicenza, Paris, Frankfurt, Mexico City, Vancouver... In these and other cities around the world, the Arclinea image and product contributed to spreading the excellence of Made in Italy.

2014

After Genoa, Rome, New York and Chicago, Arclinea designed the kitchen project for Eataly in Milan.

2014

ITALIA PVD (design Antonio Citterio). The evolution of materials and innovative processes. It is the Arclinea vocation to combine technological research with the use of materials that have always been the main players of its products:

2015

Arclinea celebrates its ninetieth anniversary in the very year that Italy hosts EXPO2015. Silvio, Walter, Marillina and Gianni, today at the head of Arclinea, thank the teachings and example received from the generations that went before them and all those who, in these first ninety years of the company's life, have contributed to its growth, development and worldwide success.

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