Lignum et Lapis by Antonio Citterio for Arcllinea | An island-sculpture in stone or steel: a habitat of its own

Cooking and sharing the experience with guests. This is the basic idea behind Lignum et Lapis, designed by Antonio Citterio for Arclinea, an island-sculpture in stone or steel (seen here in steel with laminate doors) conceived as a habitat in its own right, simultaneously practical and convivial.

On the one hand, the system allows guests to watch the phases of preparation of a meal. On the other (where the equipment is concentrated), the chef has the possibility of sharing culinary techniques. The more informal area is interfaced with the zone for washing and storage, and cabinets for the refrigerator and the ovens.

Antonio Citterio describes Lignum et Lapis as follows: “Fundamentally, as in all my other design projects, I have started with function. I’m not saying that aesthetics and style have no importance in the kitchen, but first of all we have to focus on functional issues, regarding organization of spaces and tools. For example, when we made the Lignum et Lapis kitchen – a single-material monolith that began in stone and was later produced also in steel – we worked a lot on the form of the large counter and its details. Here too, the basic concept was functional: to be able to welcome guests on one side, and to concentrate all the operative equipment on the other.”

At a glance

What is it?
An island kitchen that functions as a habitat unit on its own.
What is the design concept?
The aim is to create a project that is operative and convivial at the same time, for cooking and sharing of the experience with guests.
How is it made?
In the stone version, the material is bonded with Eulithe and aluminium. The support elements (sides and ends) always act as the base. The counters are designed and made with a drip catcher, and are ready for insertion of cooktops and sinks in stainless steel.
How and where is it manufactured?
The Lignum et Lapis door, like the Italia door, is produced in-house: the first with a specially designed machine, the second completely by hand.
What’s it like?
Operative, convivial, experiential.