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Pedini - Integra

Pedini - integra in grey oak.

This blog was created in order to put together as much information as possible about European kitchen design, European kitchen companies and the different kitchen brands that have been manufacturing custom kitchens and built in kitchens, in Europe for more then a century.

European kitchen designers are the first ones to introduce what we know today as the ‘built in kitchen’ – kitchens that are no longer ‘free-standing’ pieces of furniture (as they were 100 years ago) but kitchens that are designed to have the cabinetry fitting between two walls.

Companies like Snaidero, Boffi, Pedini, Dada, Varenna and Val Cucine, from Italy, Poggenpohl, SieMatic, Allmilmo and Bulthaup , from Germany and Smallbone and Clive Christian, from England are the pioneers, the innovators and the companies that set the tone in Europe – the same tone that then becomes the new look for kitchen design around the world.

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902 Comments

  1. catherine

    i am living in ireland but am trying to keep costs down and am thinking of importing a kitchen . spain i was told was cheaper. in ireland we end up paying a large amount on vat. all i want to know if you can help me is to get the name of a company on main land europe that i could use and trust please .

    thanks mary

    • catherine – I don’t recommand you do that. You’ll pay more than a dealer does, more for shipping (shipping one kitchen) and you’ll be on your own, to install, service, etc. I think at the end of the day, you save little and risk a lot…! If you’re looking to save money, either go with a local Irish company or use a less expensive model, from a large, reputable comapny, that has presence in your area.
      kitchenguy

  2. We are renovating our home down to the studs and the kitchen will be the centerpiece of our great room. We live in NY and are committed to a european look and like the european companies. I am hesitant to deal with a company for which there is no local showroom. So Haecker is out as they said they are no longer in NY. We got a price from Alno and are waiting on Leicht’s quote. Can you recommend others in that price bract to look at? Thx.

    • Carol – in NY (City, I’m assuming…), try the following brands: Poggenpohl, Pedini, Varenna, Bulthaup and SieMatic, to name a few.
      kitchenguy

  3. We are renovating our house in London. We are deciding between SieMatic S2, Snaidero Orange and Hacker Classic. For similar specs the quotes seem to be comparable. How would you rank these in terms of quality and durability or what would be your choice?
    Many thanks,
    Jan

    • Jan – SieMatic, Haecker and Snaidero are all good – my personal choice would be one of the first two, based on the designer/dealership.
      kitchenguy

      • Hi kitchenguy,

        many thanks for your advice. Your blog is extremely helpful. There is no other site where one can find so much useful info. At the end we went for Snaidero Orange simply based on the dealership responsivness and also price competitivness grounds. I was a bit suprised during the process to see the quotations for entry-level German kitchens of medium-size at par with SieMatic S2 in terms of price. £30k for Goldreif, Bauformat and similar seemed a bit high. Great thanks again, Jan

  4. Hi kitchenguy – A zampieri dealer in California told me there is no warranty. Really? I am deciding between scavolini and zampieri. At least scavolini has 3 years.

    • Grace – “no warranty”…? In some states (maybe all of them) it is illegal, to sell product w/o a warranty… Is this a real business selling it, or some guy, from his home…? There are better companies than Scavolini, that offer at least 5 years, if not more…Where in CA are you?
      kitchenguy

      • I am in San Francisco bay area. He has a shop in Millbrae and another one in Menlo Park. Zampieri and Scavolini are in the same price range. Both quoted me about $27k + tax. What better companies do you recommend? Pedini has 2+5 years warranty but I think it costs a lot more. How is IKEA able to offer 25 yrs while all these more expensive companies only offer 3-7 years?

        • Grace – you asked about better companies and you mention Pedini – that IS a better company. I don’t think they are much higher in price, especially if you compare ‘apples and apples’. Also, if you get better quality (and you do) and much better warranty (which it is), isn’t worth a little more money…?
          IKEA is not as terrible a product, as some people make it out to be. The reasons it is cheap, are that it is extremely limited, in terms of design options, sizes, color choices, etc. So you’re left with a very basic design. Also, you have to assemble it yourself (it is flat-pack) and here is where the 25 warranty comes into play – their warranty reads: “Follow our assembly instructions, installation instructions and care instructions carefully. This limited warranty does not apply to products that have been stored, assembled or installed incorrectly, used inappropriately, abused, misused, altered, or cleaned with wrong cleaning methods or wrong cleaning products.” If you have a warranty claim and are able to pass each and every one of these stipulations, they’ll give you a replacement…
          kitchenguy

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